Rosewater Reviews

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June 3, 2019
The interrogations become repetitive: it is hard to maintain suspense when the outcome is known and the end comes abruptly.
April 5, 2019
A film so eager to please that it forsakes political grey areas for sentimentality.
February 4, 2019
[Jon] Stewart has made a confident entree onto the directing scene that demands to be noticed.
December 8, 2018
In typical (Jon) Stewart fashion ROSEWATER turns controversial political events into boisterous humor.
November 2, 2018
The overriding message of the film is the need for free press--a somewhat academic end to a very human experience. That, combined with the obvious lack of suspense, make for an interesting, if lukewarm, film.
August 22, 2018
Stewart seems to be declaring on every frame of Rosewater, but his knack for dealing with dry subject matter in all kinds of hilarious ways would have worked wonders. It's almost cruel how he turns the film into such a humorless bore.
January 12, 2018
Stewart's comic genius fails to translate into film excellence in his first attempt as a writer and director.
November 20, 2017
On the whole Rosewater is an auspicious debut, but I suspect it has taught Stewart that when it comes to movies, as opposed to journalism, a little blatant emotional manipulation is no bad thing.
October 18, 2017
Competently crafted but seldom more than that, Rosewater shows that Stewart could probably make a living as a filmmaker if he so chose. But for now, I hope he keeps his daily-sorry, his day job.
October 10, 2017
Credit Rosewater for troubling itself over just what makes the axis, evil or otherwise, spin.
September 1, 2017
The rest of the film is...kinda all over the place.
August 8, 2017
Rosewater, scripted and directed by Jon Stewart, is a work of skill as well as passion
July 19, 2017
When it ventures into the more abstract territory of its tortured protagonist's mind, the film is able to show how comedians can be unlikely heroes for serious causes, and how humour and imagination can survive the worst totalitarian attacks.
June 23, 2017
If anyone questioned that a late-night host of a fake news show could make a compelling political drama, viewing Rosewater should put those doubts to rest.
April 26, 2017
The story is good, and Stewart lays it out engagingly, with a sharp eye for pacing and a light touch on the diplomatic complexities involved.
December 12, 2016
There's plenty in Rosewater to make you hope that Stewart finds another reason to get out from behind his desk again.
August 10, 2016
[Rosewater features] fine playing from Bernal and Bodnia, and striking mixing of real and recreated footage of the riots that transpired after the rigged election.
June 7, 2016
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.
November 19, 2015
For the most part Rosewater is well-acted, tension-filled and slyly iconoclastic. Say hello to Jon Stewart, movie director.
November 9, 2015
It's a somewhat bumpy road for the first time filmmaker, but it's surprisingly effective when it needs to be.
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