Rosewater Reviews

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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.
May 8, 2015
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 7, 2015
Straightforward and solid.
May 7, 2015
Stewart has created a humane black tragicomedy that reminded me of Tom Stoppard's anti-Soviet satire Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
February 18, 2015
Humour of the most absurdist kind does find its way into the film.
November 21, 2014
The main question Rosewater grapples with is whether Stewart can hack it as a filmmaker. The answer: sort of?
November 21, 2014
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.
November 17, 2014
The hard-focus clarity of the images (Bobby Bukowski did the cinematography) leads to an intimacy with anguish that passes into expressionism.
November 16, 2014
This is Jon Stewart's directorial debut; the talk show comedian has a handle on the material and conveys it clearly.
Top Critic
November 14, 2014
Rosewater ... has an urgency that's all about the storytelling smarts of its first-time writer-director.
November 14, 2014
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.
November 14, 2014
The gripping, intelligent directorial debut of TV personality Jon Stewart, who also wrote the screenplay, based on Bahari's post-prison memoir, "Then They Came For Me."
November 14, 2014
It's a movie made for people who prefer to take their politics while sitting on the couch.
November 14, 2014
Stewart's enthusiasm for his story and passion about injustice ring clear, but throughout what could have been a dreadfully somber film, he remembers to breathe.
November 14, 2014
A strong, striking political drama.
November 13, 2014
Stewart acquits himself solidly, though not thrillingly, as a beginning director ...
November 13, 2014
Stewart's wryly observant qualities as a TV star serve him well in his feature film debut.
November 13, 2014
What makes "Rosewater" different from similar entries in what might be called the Triumph of the Imprisoned Spirit genre is that the hero is hardly an ideologue, despite having sympathy for the Iranian reformers and the Green party.
November 13, 2014
While the film keeps telling us that Bahari survived his ordeal by freeing his mind from imprisonment and eventually outsmarting his rosewater-scented interrogator, we are told that he's doing so more than we're seeing it.
November 13, 2014
Mr. Stewart's interest in the material is obviously personal, but his movie transcends mere self-interest.
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