They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com
February 10, 2013
An incredible, clandestinely shot portrait of underclass life and love [that] also illustrates the gap between populace and regime, which is a dignified goal and achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 4, 2012
Lieberman captures the singular human story playing out in the former British colony of Burma/Myanmar where brutality and Karma have been the principle features.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 22, 2012
Although owing a bit too much to a Travel Channel episode, this is a valuable look at a country undergoing important and necessary changes.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 20, 2012
Eye-opening and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 20, 2012
Above its other admirable attributes, this unique documentary presents a wide scope of the culture and very human side of the unknown land 'quite unlike any you will ever know.'
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
It still works, so buoyed is the film by its open and honest take on a subject that would have been all too easy to turn into another marketable tragedy.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2012
The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 14, 2012
A solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2012
No Myanmar Spring here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2012
The film provides one of the ultimate functions of a documentary, taking us into the life and culture of a people most of us would never know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 5, 2012
While "They Call It Myanmar" is certainly more encouraging than previous films on this long-repressed country, fears of persecution continue to loom large.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2012
I've never seen a documentary with more smiling faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karsten Kastelan
Hollywood Reporter
December 20, 2011
A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.
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