February 16, 2021
The film is a succession of virtually unrelieved horrors and humiliations, each of them individually quite convincing.
December 20, 2017
Like Mohsen Makhmalbaf's garlanded Kandahar, Siddiq Barmak's Osama springs up colourful and frightening.
September 27, 2006
Great films like Osama, thoughtfully considered, give us the ability to withhold blanket judgments and come that much closer to the truth.
April 1, 2006
December 6, 2005
August 7, 2004
The first film shot entirely in Afghanistan since the rise and fall of the Taliban, and it's a heartbreaking look back at life under that regime.
July 1, 2004
Osama manages to surprise you with its story, even though we have no right to be surprised....Already ranks among the best films of the year.
May 14, 2004
A film that is not only moving but valuable as a historical and social instrument.
May 6, 2004
No histrionics or emotional manipulations here. Its view of the Taliban is frightening precisely because it is real; dramatic exaggerations are unnecessary.
May 4, 2004
Gives real insight into a part of the world that likely will dominate our newscasts and newspapers for years to come...
May 1, 2004
Barmak details the Taliban's picayune restrictions, which would be comic if they weren't enforced with such brutality.
April 30, 2004
It offers valuable insights into a foreign culture that few of us have more than a cursory knowledge about.
April 24, 2004
Traps you in a quicksand pull, slowly sucking you into its world until it's too late to escape unscathed.
April 23, 2004
We've heard so much about the cruelty of the Taliban that we think we've heard it all. But there's something about seeing one small human story played out that is still overwhelming.
April 21, 2004
Filmado apenas em locações, provoca um impacto ainda maior ao mostrar um país destruído pela guerra - evocando, neste sentido, o inesquecível Alemanha, Ano Zero.