Reviews

Nov 15, 2021
Though somewhat didactic in its attempt to highlight the malignancy of a certain type of Turkish patriarchy, Mustang's sheer gusto carries its message with unmistakable force.
Mar 14, 2021
Lale and her four sisters are as skittish as the horse they collectively embody in director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's inflaming drama.
Feb 9, 2021
The script is well-written, the director's eye is incredibly sharp, and the film's visuals are aesthetically moving.
Jan 7, 2021
Mustang is a movie about people that tells a story and captures a set of feelings. It's like a lot of movies in that way and like very few in its powerful successes.
Mar 25, 2020
Ergüven imbues Mustang with the infectious spirit of youth and the casual assurance of a seasoned veteran.
Dec 15, 2019
...a gritty, authentic-seeming drama that never quite manages to become as riveting as one might've hoped...
Aug 27, 2019
The talent of the director is not only evident when it comes to directing the actors, but also when it comes to creating scenes with freshness that combine dramatic moments, followed by humorous ones [Full Review in Spanish]
Jul 2, 2019
Fun is the heart of Mustang.
Apr 2, 2019
A celebration of authentic sisterhood and a rousing social commentary, Mustang joins its sisters (Little and Skinny) to form an extraordinary and essential trifecta on siblings and life itself.
Feb 21, 2019
It's an intriguing and, despite its subject, a positive and even at times light-hearted story of female empowerment from a talented new director.
Jan 9, 2019
In a cinematic year filled with excellent stories about young women growing up...Mustang is the best coming-of-age film in 2015.
Nov 13, 2018
With a film that uses its opening scenes to show what a force of nature these young girls can be, it's Erugven who demonstrates she's one to be reckoned with herself.
Aug 28, 2018
The heroines and villains of Mustang are occasionally black and white, but it's an assured directorial debut that uses its autobiographical elements not to engage in navel-gazing, but to train that gaze on a repressive society.
Aug 27, 2018
It's a story both modern and timeless, an aching ode to freedom and resilience, and a stunning debut.
Aug 25, 2018
Employing a palette of simple yet elegant binary motifs - day/night, light/dark - Ergüven constructs her own powerful and distinct emotional language through a confident and captivating formal style.
May 16, 2018
While Mustang's story is simple and sometimes too neat, it has the zing and energy of life, starting with Ergven's shooting and editing style.
Feb 15, 2018
... it's a sour mix that seems calculated to play better on the Upper West Side and Paris' Left Bank than in Ankara.
Nov 10, 2017
Mustang immediately stands out amidst the largely male-dominated efforts of contemporary cinema, its concerns distinctly feminine in constitution, its context specific in circumstance yet universal in scope.
Sep 18, 2017
With this film, Ergven creates a moving leap forward in the evolution of female self-determination.
Sep 15, 2017
[Deniz Gamze] Ergven, with her first feature film, has given voice to many young girls struggling to enjoy basic freedoms.