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Maryam Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 28, 2002
Less about racial profiling than racial self-hatred, Maryam is all shallow afterschool special with a loathsome anti-foreign core.
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Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 22, 2002
[Serry] wants to blend politics and drama, an admirable ambition. It's too bad that the helping hand he uses to stir his ingredients is also a heavy one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 22, 2002
Serry does a fine job of capturing the climate of the times and, perhaps unwittingly, relating it to what is happening in America in 2002. But hard-to-believe plot twists force the movie off track in its final half hour.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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+
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2002
It's a very valuable film...
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
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
Shadows on the Wall
January 30, 2002
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film about life in the USA for Iranians during the hostage crisis in 1979.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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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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
Richard von Busack
April 21, 2002
It's good; indeed, it's important.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 10, 2002
Most impressive, though, is the film's open-ended finale that refuses to entirely close its characters' emotional wounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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