Dukhtar Reviews

November 20, 2019
Dukhtar is compelling, visually beautiful and more importantly, an unpretentious well-told story.
August 16, 2019
The heartfelt and hopeful story can resonate with audiences around the globe.
September 30, 2016
A depiction of the enduring mother-daughter bond as a Pakistani mother saves her daughter from an arranged marriage.
October 22, 2015
With its stark imagery and characterizations, the film often feels like a folktale, even though it takes place in the present and addresses ongoing social concerns.
October 16, 2015
Dukhtar grabs you from the outset and never lets go.
October 10, 2015
Heartfelt performances and breathtaking scenery barely compensate for the pedestrian screenplay's shortcomings.
October 9, 2015
Oddly enough, a plot similar to "Mad Max: Fury Road" but a million times more interesting--and by a first-time director, no less.
October 9, 2015
It is an unabashed love letter to Pakistan itself, warts and all. Yet, as a film, it's too by the book to earn a spot of honor in any book, and that's disappointing.
October 9, 2015
A gripping story from a place where women are less than second-class citizens that insists that they are, in fact, people who deserve to live as they please.
October 8, 2015
Its principal merit is the quiet authority of Ms. Mumtaz, who combines a mother's passionate concern with glimmers of an awakening consciousness.
October 6, 2015
Writer-director Afia Nathaniel's Dukhtar is an unsentimental tribute to the transformative power of maternal love.
October 6, 2015
Dukhtar is an issues film with the twisted, heart-pounding feel of a road-trip thriller ...
September 20, 2015
...a vital, urgent Pakistani film vibrating with life and truth... Rarely have I seen the mother-daughter bond depicted in the cinema with such candor and emotion.
April 9, 2015
Rooting for the safety of the sweet girl, heroic trucker, and vulnerable mother will have you on the edge of your seat.
March 11, 2015
Pakistani filmmaker Afia Nathaniel tackles a difficult subject -- child marriages -- with admirable restraint in her impressive feature debut, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular.