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

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
May 22, 2009
Ostergaard has woven stunning footage with invasive reenactments that confusingly blur the line between what's real and what's recreated, undermining the vivid, first-hand accounts that should be the film's spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 45/100
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 20, 2009
The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
A roller coaster of alternating hope and despair.
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 21, 2009
Suspenseful and captivating...[It] finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally, without a dull moment from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.33/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
June 11, 2010
...pummeling, electrifying
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
May 17, 2009
A haunting reminder that the news can still be heroic--if only where it's expressly forbidden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Wigley
Total Film
July 17, 2009
Shaky recordings, interspersed with reconstruction scenes at the VJ HQ, look surprisingly sharp and give Burma VJ an unforgettable and powerful immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
July 17, 2009
It's a flawlessly constructed piece of work, as relentlessly gripping as it is educational, a righteous and even uplifting paean to the continued importance of collective protest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
May 8, 2009
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country reignites the gut-wrenching ethos of early cinema verite as it reaffirms the power of "film truth" and the imperative for freedom of speech as a fundamental human right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 17, 2009
An important docu-drama with all the tension and immediacy of a political thriller.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
May 21, 2009
A great subject, but a so-so documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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?
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 17, 2009
Not particularly well-rounded then, but any film that gives voice to the oppressed while raising global awareness has got to be a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 17, 2009
Anders Ostergaard's documentary mixes a small amount of re-enactment - scenes of the Thai-based boss co-ordinating action by phone - with large amounts of scary, shocking or in some cases infamously celebrated footage.
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