Critic Consensus: Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart.
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Critic Reviews for Rosewater
The main question Rosewater grapples with is whether Stewart can hack it as a filmmaker. The answer: sort of?
Rosewater certainly has merit as an act of atonement on Stewart's part and a tribute to people like Bahari... In the end, however, the movie needs to stand on its own, apart from its noble intentions and the popularity of its writer-director.
The hard-focus clarity of the images (Bobby Bukowski did the cinematography) leads to an intimacy with anguish that passes into expressionism.
This is Jon Stewart's directorial debut; the talk show comedian has a handle on the material and conveys it clearly.
Rosewater ... has an urgency that's all about the storytelling smarts of its first-time writer-director.
Stewart does a credible job of maintaining the story's immediacy, but I must say I felt relieved that the film wasn't a masterpiece. If it was, we'd have more reason to fear Stewart will leave The Daily Show.
Audience Reviews for Rosewater
"Rosewater" is well acted and constructed, but it lacks the emotional punch one would expect from the source material.
The story of Maziar Bahari's imprisonment begins in 2009 when Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones went to the politically torn country of Iran, to interview Bahari during the presidential elections. Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist from Newsweek whose family had always been imprisoned for political and social taboos. The film shows the torment and utter agony Bahari was up against during his tenure in an Iranian prison. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/8/rosewater
Maziar Bahari: Sir, can you tell me why I'm here? Circumstances surrounding a film can often impact the thoughts one has, when attempting to review/critique it. Obviously a film should stand on its own, but certain aspects always have an effect on one's perception. I say this because it would be difficult not to talk about Rosewater without mentioning writer/director Jon Stewart's role in all of this. He made the film, so obviously he has plenty of involvement, but the fact that his role was a minor factor in why the story that led to this film exists (however inconsequential The Daily Show may really be in all of this) is an interesting factor to consider. Keeping that in mind, based on the quality of this directorial debut from Stewart, I would say he found a way to be very respectful to his subject, in an effort to make a compelling drama that may not be what one would expect, when it comes to watching a film put together by the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com
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