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Burma VJ: Reporter i et Lukket Land (Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
No matter how many times anyone tries to appropriate shaky camera techniques, they'll never recreate anything as real as a reporter fleeing heavily armed police.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Mesmerizing, Oscar-nominated inside look into the 2007 uprising via the cameras of 30 or so underground videographers who risked torture and prison to record the chaotic events surrounding the rebellion of Buddhist monks against the repressive military
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Chris Barsanti
June 11, 2010
...pummeling, electrifying
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 19, 2010
It's powerful, to be sure, but the most interesting scene is one in which two reporters discuss the impact of their work; are they really changing anything?
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 15, 2010
Events are movingly and fortuitously recorded here, but the world's attention has shifted to other media moments.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 7, 2010
If it is rather more interesting as a social and political document than a cinematic one, well, politics and society can be important, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Leslie Felperin
December 15, 2009
Burma VJ celebrates the courage of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a group of underground journalists who risked their lives to document the 2007 uprising against the junta.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
December 2, 2009
The word 'brave' is thrown around too liberally in Hollywood. The folks behind Burma VJ are the bravest souls you'll see on screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
November 16, 2009
the footage, with the picture jumping as frenetically as the protesters being filmed, brings home as nothing else quite can the energy and the danger of the events depicted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2009
Burma VJ would be even more intense without its early announcement that some scenes have been restaged, putting the viewer in a regrettably uncertain relationship to what follows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 27, 2009
Narrated by a frightened journalist who trembles as he accumulates forbidden footage and provides a historical viewpoint, "Burma VJ" uses shocking video images and reconstructed scenes to create a coherent, mostly chronological account of what happened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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August 23, 2009
In traditional terms, this is hardly a film at all. It's more like a bootlegged YouTube video.
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
Although directed by Denmark's Anders Ostergaard, the true heroes of Burma VJ are the cadres of guerrilla video journalists who secretly filmed the junta's brutal suppression of the popular revolt in the fall of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 7, 2009
Ostergaard could have just thrown this together like coleslaw and Burma VJ still would be an important documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 7, 2009
Watching these brave amateurs is pretty compelling, which is a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
An awe-inspiring documentary by Denmark's Anders Ostergaard that tracks how the news escaped in 2007 during Burma's civil uprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 31, 2009
Thanks to the new guerrilla narrative, the world has a constant flow of images to file in its collective consciousness. And that camera-testable accountability slowly becomes a global civic right that fulfills the noblest purpose of journalism.
Tim Nagle
Times (UK)
July 24, 2009
Watch this and you will long remember Burma - and briefly join a revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 24, 2009
Demonstrates what can be done through the ingenious use of small cameras and mobile phones by brave, resourceful opponents of repressive regimes, and it deserves to be shown widely.
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