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Theeb (2015)



Critic Consensus: Led by an outstanding performance from Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat in the title role, Theeb is a startlingly assured first effort from director/co-writer Naji Abu Nowar.

Movie Info

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Naji Abu Nowar, Bassel Ghandour
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2016
Noor Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Theeb

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

An inversion of Lawrence of Arabia -- a film told from the perspective of Arab bedouins rather than colonial adventurers, a scrappy coming of age story rather than a grand tale of epic, colonial ambitions.

Full Review… | February 22, 2016
The New Republic
Top Critic

The effectiveness of the story hinges largely on Al-Hwietat, whose performance is both convincing wide-eyed and complex.

Full Review… | February 20, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The burden rests on Eid's shoulders, and he more than carries it. He's a natural, showing us Theeb's curiosity, loyalty and ingenuity while still retaining the innocence of a boy who has been sheltered from the world outside the desert.

Full Review… | January 14, 2016
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

First-time director Naji Abu Nowar rehearsed his largely nonprofessional cast for almost a year before shooting began, and as the title character, Jacir Eid beautifully conveys a mix of emotions, from wonder to fear to determination.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The further this strikingly assured debut feature by the British-born director Naji Abu Nowar goes along, the more it seems a metaphor for fierce self-determination - an origin story for Middle Eastern discontents.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A disarmingly complex boyhood adventure with no shortage of tension or harsh beauty, "Theeb" marks a winning debut feature for co-writer and director Naji Abu Nowar.

Full Review… | November 26, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Theeb

A tense and powerful debut feature set against the breathtaking vastness of the Jordanian desert and with a deliberate pacing, an evocative score and assured performances from its non-professional Bedouins that are proof of Naji Abu Nowar's talent to direct actors.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

This has its quotas of violence and sentiment, plus landscape shots, but it is nothing special. A film entirely about men, possibly for men, it gives the impression that women did not exist in this world. The boy's cuteness is too trite a device and he does not come of age as suggested in the blurb; rather he is a fortunate and plucky survivor throughout. Mostly well made, it is not though always logical, and is predictable. The camels are interesting.

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Super Reviewer

Theeb is a disappointing movie. It has some truly great scenes and nice scenery, but the character development is so poor, the film is emotionally cold and the script is problematic as there is never anything more meaningful or more inspired in it whatsoever. It did not deserve its Oscar nomination at all.

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