| Original Score: B
Omarova's thoughtful offering is not so much a visual triptych of the country but a human portrait of youthful purpose in the face of fisted danger.
| Original Score: 3/4
It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The exotic setting and the starkness with which the young man's story is told--along with Nusuppaev's muted charisma--help it transcend the narrative commonplaces.
An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
First-time director Guka Omarova has a strong eye for telling detail and a sensitivity to Mustafa's slow awakening.
A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.
Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
| Original Score: 3/4
Guka Omarova's assured first feature Schizo is a noir forced out into the sunlight.
An uncommonly moving feature about characters in desperate circumstances,Schizo features an incredible debut performance by its leading actor, a Kazakhstan orphan.
You'd by crazy to miss this Kazakhstan import.
| Original Score: B+
The director creates a taut picture of a place, and a liberating moment of choice.
An austere, moving tale about a young man underestimated by everyone except himself.
Despite elements that can easily cause a film with much to offer to be unjustly underrated and ignored, director Omarova brings true storytelling credentials to her 1st film.
...first time feature director Guka Omarova transcends [Kazakhstan's] borders with her deft story telling
| Original Score: B-
The acting is first-rate throughout ... The brutality of the fights and Schizo's growing ability to outfox his enemies make for a taut and exciting little picture.
A transfixing, gracefully constructed slice of realistic cinema.
It's unlikely that many Americans know much about Kazakhstan ... Schizo gives them a fascinating tour -- of its wide steppes, its dusty cities, its grimy mines.
This film will dissuade you of making Kazakhstan your next location to tour on vacation.
Pleasingly pulpy story fits right in with indigenous, Slavic tradition and current fascination with gangster fare.