The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Reviews

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March 1, 2007
A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture.
March 22, 2006
[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.
January 20, 2006
Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2006
The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 13, 2006
The director approaches the enormity of his task with an earnest enthusiasm, offering a likable alternative to the assembly-line banality of so many family films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 13, 2006
More education than entertainment, Mashayekh's first feature length film tells a valid story but fails to produce on the promise of court intrigues and swordplay.
| Original Score: 5/10
January 12, 2006
The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2006
Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 11, 2006
A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
December 31, 2005
The Keeper suffers from a surfeit of scattershot acting and clunky narrative devices that usher the viewer back and forth through time with all the subtlety of a culture clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 15, 2005
The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.
December 15, 2005
In story structure, performances, pacing, and dialogue, the film's the work of a first-timer. In its deep love for an ancestral culture, it shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2005
The movie gets historical with the warring factions in Persia, Hassan's attempt to assassinate the Sultan, and other Lawrence of Arabia style stuff in the desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2005
For those who know of Omar Khayyam, make the trip to the theater to see this one. If you're just curious, wait for the DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
August 19, 2005
Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
An accomplished first film that manages to comment on the current situation in the Middle East while dealing movingly -- and in very human terms -- with the importance of heritage and history in contemporary life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
Would that good intentions counted for everything.
June 10, 2005
The result is an admirable attempt that fails under the weight of its own ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 9, 2005
An overall satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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