Rosewater 2014

Rosewater

Critics Consensus

Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart.

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In June 2009, BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen, returned to his native country to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the prime challenger to incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Moussavi's supporters protested Ahmadinejad's declaration of victory, Bahari smuggled footage of the riots to the BBC. He was soon arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and -- led by a man known only as "Rosewater" -- was interrogated and tortured for 118 days.

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Critic Reviews for Rosewater

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (63) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (36)

  • The rest of the film is...kinda all over the place.

    September 1, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • We rarely get the sense that Stewart is talking down to us - which is why it's such a disappointment that 'Rosewater', is so often pitched and played like a carefully dumbed-down TV movie.

    June 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The story is engrossing and enraging, and Stewart takes care to remind us that the real victims of oppressive regimes are those who live with them on a daily basis.

    May 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Would you confess to crimes you hadn't committed? I know I would. I'd crack before my tormentors had even cleared their throats, which may be why I found Rosewater so inspiring.

    May 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This remarkable film is a tribute to the bravery of foreign correspondents and a love letter to democracy.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Straightforward and solid.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Rosewater

  • Jan 17, 2016
    "Rosewater" is well acted and constructed, but it lacks the emotional punch one would expect from the source material.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2015
    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
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2015
    A true story about how bearing witness in a totalitarian country can get you in to trouble. It was tense and dramatic and made all the more enthralling by it being a true story about human bravery in the face of tyranny.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2014
    About ten years ago, I met a couple of French tourists who saw Jon Stewart buying diapers at a pharmacy. Now, the thing was, they knew he was famous but not what for. Today, the answer to that question gets a little more complicated with the release of Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater" about Maziar Bahari(Gael Garcia Bernal), a journalist who is unceremoniously jailed and beaten, after being falsely accused by the Iranian authorities of being a spy, following the Iranian elections of 2009. What is most surprising with "Rosewater" is what Stewart manages to pull off visually, not just in the way that archival footage is combined with the ongoing drama but in the way that isolation is expressed, as Maziar is kept from communicating with the outside world, especially his very pregnant wife Paola(Claire Foy), and vice versa. And what the movie also makes perfectly clear, at least until Stewart does lay it on a little thick towards the end, is how the new forms of technology will aid dissent in countries that still rely on repressive methods that were old when the Spanish Inquisition were using them.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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