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They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 18, 2012
Karsten Kastelan
Hollywood Reporter
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A compelling portrait of an entire nation being kept in captivity and ignorance.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 20, 2011
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I've never seen a documentary with more smiling faces.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Eye-opening and insightful.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2012
Brent Simon

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

February 10, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2012

No Myanmar Spring here.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 15, 2012
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 4, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 20, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2012
Louis Proyect

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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September 22, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma by filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2012
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