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Man Push Cart Reviews

December 8, 2006
The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
Michael Simmond's cinematography, especially in scenes of Ahmad muscling his way amid evening traffic and early-morning delivery trucks, is wonderfully true to the moods of a city that never sleeps and seldom nods at the hard work going on before it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
Shot in three weeks, Man Push Cart does a fine job of capturing the bitter flavor of Ahmad's life.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 20, 2006
Free of contrived melodrama and phony suspense, it ennobles the hard work by which its hero earns his daily bread.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 19, 2006
Ahmad's concerns -- his sadness and his striving -- become universal. Though his early-morning riser's world is gray and threaded with melancholy, it becomes, in the end, a place we recognize.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
Man Push Cart is a solemn mood piece that hovers somewhere between bittersweet and despairing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2006
You'll think of him the next time you pass a cart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2006
It's by no means an exaggeration to describe this quietly powerful film as Bressonian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2006
... a fascinating, sad, sometimes quite poetic window into a grueling way of life most of us know little about.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
The writer-director, Ramin Bahrani, is a natural-born filmmaker who captures how the banal physical details of manning a pushcart could come to define a life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 7, 2006
Synthesizes aspiration, resignation, anonymity, celebrity, opportunity and denial into a portrait of something far beyond the immigrant experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2006
Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi), the Pakistani immigrant who is the protagonist of Ramin Bahrani's Man Push Cart, goes through a Sisyphean daily grind.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2006
Ramin Bahrani's striking debut tracks a Pakistani street-cart vendor with a mysterious past as he pushes his steel box through Manhattan.
September 7, 2006
If one of the things movies are supposed to do is make you look anew at the world around you, you may never see your doughnut vendor in the same way again.
September 5, 2006
As a rhythmic cry for understanding, Man Push Cart has the simplicity of an Islamic hamd call to prayer.
June 24, 2006
What begins as a delineation of a man in a landscape becomes a study in sadness and stoicism, disorientation and even desperation, then finally, a delicate, rewarding and cliché-free enquiry into the complex heart of the lone immigrant experience.
January 31, 2006
Bahrani and his DP Michael Simmonds illuminate the murky beauty -- and hardscrabble economics -- of New York's all-night shadowland.
January 18, 2006
An example of spare, slice-of-life indie cinema at its most unpretentious.