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Osama Reviews

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February 20, 2004
...the sad truth is that potential viewers would be far better off watching a documentary on the rise and fall of the Taliban.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2004
Focuses more on the relentless hardships and suffering than on the characters experiencing them.
February 26, 2004
I found Mr. Barmak's direction too by-the-numbers, and Ms. Goldbahari's Osama a one-note performance in her relentlessly whimpering (though perfectly understandable) self-pity.
April 9, 2004
Feel vindicated in the mad incongruity of popular foreign policies advocating war with "the other" for the sake of the innocents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2004
Reminiscent of Agnieszka Holland's 1990 drama Europa Europa, this award-winning Afghani film paints yet another harrowing tale of human survival.
February 20, 2004
Imagine if we could see films from previous centuries -- records of slavery, the Great Fire of London, the Black Plague. Osama is like a film from some long-ago age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2004
In most ways that count, it's as true as any documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2004
Barmak and his little star bring artistry and truth to the plight of women under the Taliban.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2004
Wonderful film, and what a remarkable achievement.
March 11, 2004
Although its story is horrifying, Osama wisely makes its points through irony and understatement.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2003
"Minimalist visual compositions are characterized by a clear-eyed austerity and realism."
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 5, 2004
Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2004
Without piling on unnecessary pathos, and with a devotion to simply telling the truth of a situation, Osama works a rough kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2004
Barmak tells his story without a ton of explanation... often, we have no more idea of what's going on than our hero does, which increases the film's sense of danger and fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2009
A grueling but wonderful picture.
April 16, 2004
[A] powerful film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 26, 2004
Osama is an exposing, opinionated, frighteningly frank and fascinating film. It's also an actual Afghani film, so It's amazing it even got made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 2, 2003
The script and camerawork are clever and extremely accomplished, giving us an intimate view of the characters and situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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