He Named Me Malala Reviews

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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 11, 2015
The easy intimacy of the family dynamic is the film's big revelation.
November 9, 2015
This cagey documentary portrait fails to do justice to its inspiring subject, Malala Yousafzai.
November 5, 2015
Guggenheim's film is inspiring.
October 9, 2015
The result is a film more educational than engrossing; high schoolers should see it - the rest of us, maybe not.
October 9, 2015
While Malala's saintly status is front and center, there are lingering, disquieting and incomplete issues all over the place.
October 8, 2015
[He Named Me Malala] provides a delightful, profound and surprisingly funny insight into her life before, and later when she became a worldwide campaigner for girls' education.
October 8, 2015
The chief draw here, of course, is Malala herself: an irrepressible, earnest voice for the oppressed.
October 8, 2015
Truly a remarkable person.
October 8, 2015
The film is worthy, obviously, and it forces us to think about the prices paid by our unexpected heroes.
October 8, 2015
It's quite a story, and if Guggenheim goes overboard in the telling of it, that's perfectly understandable.
October 8, 2015
A little suspense might have helped this well-meaning but toothless effort.
October 8, 2015
What we absorb from He Named Me Malala is the idea of the hero as a product of action rather than being.
October 8, 2015
Though polished and image-conscious, offering too little insight into the physical and psychological trauma suffered in the bullet's wake, the film is nevertheless moving without resorting to saccharine overtures.
October 8, 2015
It's impossible not to feel affection for and protective of this young woman.
October 8, 2015
Guggenheim is clearly in awe of her. By the end of "He Named Me Malala," you may be, too.
October 8, 2015
"He Named Me Malala" gets good marks as a laudatory piece about a genuinely valiant young woman, but it could use a modest dose of objectivity.
October 7, 2015
He Named Me Malala suffers from a lack of dramatic tension throughout.
October 7, 2015
Yousafzai is undoubtedly an inspiration, but Guggenheim's attempts to make her more accessible to her peers (Malala struggles with math! Malala has a crush on Roger Federer!) render this doc about as insightful as her Wikipedia page and half as coherent.
October 7, 2015
While the film itself is plagued with structural storytelling issues that are at best emotionally numbing, at worst confounding, Malala's inspirational spirit is undeniable, and the documentary allows that to shine through.
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