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The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture.

Film Threat
March 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2006
Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
John Venable
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
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Rough around the edges, it's still a formidable movie that's stunning visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2005
An overall satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Drew Tillman
Village Voice
March 22, 2006
[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 13, 2006
The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.
| Original Score: 1/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
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
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
January 12, 2006
The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Leydon
January 11, 2006
A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 15, 2005
The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.
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
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