Shiza (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shiza (2005)



Critic Consensus: A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.

Movie Info

An author who specializes in conspiracy theories finds his sanity slipping following the death of his mother. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Gulshad Omarova, Sergei Bodrov, Guka Omarova, Sergei Bodrov Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Shiza

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19)

An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

An earnest also-ran.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shiza

Harsh and realistically squashed by Omarova.No,Schizo is not the common peasant on a small town nor the bully against authority.It's a sweet debut despite the psychological weariness and the social comment of poverty.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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It is interesting but as a whole, I just don't think it works. A near-miss.

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