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The Clay Bird Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Clay Bird is beautifully photographed, and the central story is compelling but, too often, the characters feel like stick figures being manipulated to prove the movie's valid, but obvious, point.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2004
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

Largely a documentary filmmaker, Masud may need a few more features under his belt before his work has a consistent flow.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 30, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

There's just not that much genuine conflict to sink your teeth into.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

July 30, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...it has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

December 31, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The real rewards, though, will go to the viewers lucky enough to catch a screening of The Clay Bird.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 16, 2004
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

August 19, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 1, 2006
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Set in Bangladesh in the 1960's, Tareque Masud's intelligent drama questions the nature of dedication to Islam.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 29, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2004
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Excellent film from Bangladesh.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2004
Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2004
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A positive plea for the sane middle ground amidst the insistence of extremism.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 16, 2004
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2004
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

While The Clay Bird might be a bit too restrained for its own dramatic good, at least the film sheds light on a significant part of world history in a way relevant to contemporary viewers.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

Approaching Anu's childhood with quite considerable skill, Masud creates a gentle portrait of growing up during changing times.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2003
Elliott Stein
Village Voice
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Throughout, The Clay Bird recalls the empathy for childhood's innocence and lust for living -- as well as the visual rapture and naturalness -- of Ray's great Pather Panchali.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2004
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 30, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a perfect title for a film that deals so passionately with freedom -- spiritual and political -- and coming of age, not just of Anu, but an entire nation.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 30, 2004
Rich Cline
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