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Osama Reviews

August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2004
Barmak proves an able craftsman. If the film's story stammers here and there, its overall power can't be denied.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
March 11, 2004
A harrowing look at a disturbingly recent time that seems more rooted in a barbaric, distant past.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 11, 2004
A must-see for anyone with an interest in the rest of the world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2004
Shot on the ruined streets of Kabul, it has the urgent impact of a documentary, but it is a work of poetic vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 11, 2004
A poignant film with stinging images.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 10, 2004
We are certainly entitled to marvel at its very existence, but that isn't enough. The work itself is extraordinary.
March 1, 2004
In most ways that count, it's as true as any documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2004
Heartbreaking stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
February 23, 2004
Wonderful film, and what a remarkable achievement.
February 20, 2004
A bleak, all too realistic drama.
February 20, 2004
Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.
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
A melancholy movie, but a necessary one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2004
The horrors of Osama are pervasive, not acute, so they take longer to sink in. But once in, they stay there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 20, 2004
The film, a simple tale of a girl who disguises herself as a boy, begins with a Nelson Mandela quote: 'I can't forget but I can forgive,' is designed to ensure the audience won't forget either.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2004
The best and worst thing about this film is it seems completely true. And no amount of water can wash away the sins portrayed.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 20, 2004
Despite an absence of subtlety, the film has a very real impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 20, 2004
Works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 19, 2004
Derives most of its power from providing a clear window on a previously obscured world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2004
What you see isn't surprising, but living through it -- experiencing the cruel and arbitrary justice of the Taliban through a 12-year-old's eyes -- puts a knot in your stomach that lasts beyond the film's closing credits.
February 13, 2004
It's an important film, made under impossibly arduous circumstances. Yet it's far easier to respect than to embrace.
February 13, 2004
A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 6, 2004
That it is such a powerful and indeed beautiful film is simply extraordinary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2004
Will touch everyone with its haunting sounds and images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2004
Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2004
Siddiq Barmak's film is the first feature made in Afghanistan since before the rise of the Taliban an impressive achievement made more so by the director's sure and subtle artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 5, 2004
Offers us what feels like a true insider's view, free from condescension and the temptation to view the country's persecuted citizens as merely pitiable 'others.'
February 4, 2004
A rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 3, 2004
Preaches to a very large choir, but does it with sober righteousness.
January 29, 2004
Truth shines through every frame, thanks to Barmak's storytelling skill and his young star's unaffected radiance.
October 10, 2003
Billed as the first entirely Afghan film shot on home soil since the rise and fall of the Taliban, Siddiq Barmak's Osama ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.