The Clay Bird Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 26, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2004
Largely a documentary filmmaker, Masud may need a few more features under his belt before his work has a consistent flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 30, 2004
There's just not that much genuine conflict to sink your teeth into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
...it has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 16, 2004
The real rewards, though, will go to the viewers lucky enough to catch a screening of The Clay Bird.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 19, 2004
The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 1, 2006
... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 29, 2004
Set in Bangladesh in the 1960's, Tareque Masud's intelligent drama questions the nature of dedication to Islam.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 30, 2004
It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 30, 2004
Excellent film from Bangladesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2004
It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.
| Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 16, 2004
A positive plea for the sane middle ground amidst the insistence of extremism.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
June 7, 2004
The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 30, 2004
Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
July 31, 2003
Approaching Anu's childhood with quite considerable skill, Masud creates a gentle portrait of growing up during changing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elliott Stein
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
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.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 31, 2003

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July 31, 2003

Guardian
July 31, 2003

Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2004
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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