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Maryam Reviews

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Top Critic
March 27, 2009
A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
September 16, 2005
Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 19, 2002
It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 10, 2002
It takes this never-ending confusion and hatred, puts a human face on it, evokes shame among all who are party to it and even promotes understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
June 7, 2002
It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 25, 2002
captures that perverse element of the Kafkaesque where identity, overnight, is robbed and replaced with a persecuted "other."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard von Busack
April 21, 2002
It's good; indeed, it's important.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2002
Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 19, 2002
The film is powerful, accessible and funny. You won't miss its messages, but you'll be entertained as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
April 13, 2002
Maryam is a small film, but it offers large rewards.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2002
Maryam is more timely now than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 11, 2002
The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
Not only a coming-of-age story and cautionary parable, but also a perfectly rendered period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2002
A lack of thesis makes Maryam, in the end, play out with the intellectual and emotional impact of an after-school special.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2002
Carefully crafted, notably in its deft dramatic structuring, and has become timely in a way its maker could never have anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
March 7, 2002
It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
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