He Named Me Malala Reviews

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August 7, 2019
It's so disappointing to see [Malala] saddled with such a perfunctory, trite, and gushing tribute that barely scratches the surface of this remarkable woman.
August 21, 2018
... the title and narrative makes it inadvertently about the man behind Malala, her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, that by the end of 87 minutes will leave you questioning just what is the real story behind the this almost mythical Malala.
September 1, 2017
HE NAMED ME MALALA feels really impersonal (despite Guggenheim's attempts to eek out an engaging film), and it does her story a major disservice as it succumbs to the male perspective it tries--and fails--to denounce.
June 20, 2017
Guggenheim fails to shine a light forward, it's a good thing Malala is there to speak for herself and for the hopes of new generations.
February 20, 2016
It's as digestible as a book report, but not probing.
January 20, 2016
It ends with a hashtag because it knows its target audience would rather be pandered to with easy-chair pleasantries.
December 30, 2015
It's a shame that Guggenheim's slickly produced documentary examines such an important and fascinating story with such underwhelming results.
November 23, 2015
The film follows an idealized version of Malala and misses the opportunity of exploring lesser known aspects of her already well know and publicized story. [Full review in Spanish]
November 17, 2015
The best thing about the film is its truly heroic Pakistani teenager heroine and the few unrehearsed glimpses we get of her.
November 11, 2015
The movie doesn't do justice to Malala and her movement. [Full review in Spanish]
November 9, 2015
It's a hagiography. Malala undoubtedly deserves one. Audiences may crave something meatier.
November 9, 2015
Far too hagiographic in tone to really get beyond the media headlines, even as it follows her efforts to assimilate with her family into British culture after their relocation to Birmingham following the shooting in 2012.
November 9, 2015
This cagey documentary portrait fails to do justice to its inspiring subject, Malala Yousafzai.
November 5, 2015
Malala Yousafzai is a truly inspirational figure, a teenager who won the Nobel Peace Prize while still studying for her GCSEs in Birmingham, but she isn't especially well-served by Davis Guggenheim's reverential documentary about her.
October 12, 2015
Say hello to Malala Yousafzai, up close, out of depth, and ultimately, only at a glance.
October 10, 2015
A disappointment, clumsily constructed and more hagiographical than truly enlightening.
October 9, 2015
[Guggenheim] mostly seems determined to show how nice Malala is -- which feels disappointing, considering her work is all about girls refusing simply to be "nice."
October 9, 2015
A respectful, exceedingly professional work that feels like an assignment to get through. This is a real disappointment. (Full Content Review - Violence, etc. - for Parents also available)
October 9, 2015
The result is a film more educational than engrossing; high schoolers should see it - the rest of us, maybe not.
October 8, 2015
The chief draw here, of course, is Malala herself: an irrepressible, earnest voice for the oppressed.
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