• PG, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Haifaa Al-Mansour
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 11, 2014
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Wadjda Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned yet terminally uneven endeavor...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 10, 2014
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

There are important films and there are good films, and the two do not necessarily always overlap. Wadjda is both important and very, very good.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ...

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

April 3, 2014
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

This is a film to be admired for both its on-screen and off-screen story.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

March 28, 2014

A warm, winning, restless film...Beautiful, modestly progressive and heartfelt, with a wonderful, brash central performance from first-timer Waad Mohammed.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 21, 2014
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald

The overall pro-freedom message comes through loud and clear. Rhetorically speaking, the trick of using childish innocence to reveal adult hypocrisy is virtually foolproof.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

March 21, 2014
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

It's a provocative but credible premise and in exploring it, Al Mansour has come up with an engagingly subversive character. Wadjda is a delight.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

March 21, 2014
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The film disguises its liberal editorial message with a superbly veiled screenplay; we're just looking ... but of course, we're also seeing, a much more invasive activity

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 16, 2014
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This charming and deceptively simple film about a rebellious young Saudi girl with a dream that defies the culture in which she lives, is a breath of fresh air; the insight into lifestyle and culture fascinating

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 16, 2014
David Stratton
The Australian

By any standards, this [is] a fine, moving film and essential viewing for anyone who cares about contemporary cinema.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 14, 2014
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

Her film is like she is, ostensibly playing by the rules, but throwing us enough sidewise glances to let us know that she's much smarter than she appears.

Full Review Source: Madison Movie | Original Score: 3/4

February 28, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

It has a neat, sly way of folding complex pissed-off politics into crowd-pleasing narrative simplicity.

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

February 4, 2014
Louis Proyect

A kindred spirit to "Offside" and "Persepolis", this film is ten times more inspiring than "Breakaway", another tale of an underdog and a bicycle. A must-see.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

December 22, 2013
Cynthia Fuchs

A series of close and long shots follow as Wadjda rides and wobbles, as she grins broadly and gains momentum in this tiny space, as she shares her glee with Abdullah. Even without using their voices, they express so much.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 17, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

Rather than making a grand political statement, the film excels in its quieter and more intimate moments.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

December 11, 2013
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie ends on a highly emotional note that might easily have tipped over into bathos. But Al-Mansour knows her stuff -- she earns her emotion honestly.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2013
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

Simple but charming.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2013
Garry Maddox
Sydney Morning Herald

Al Mansour's first feature film is a striking achievement.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 10, 2013
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly

Wadjda generally feels anchored in the authentic-feeling life of one authentic-feeling girl.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake City Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2013
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects

Films like Wadjda do not come around very often.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

December 10, 2013
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