Shiza (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shiza (2005)



Critic Consensus: A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.

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An author who specializes in conspiracy theories finds his sanity slipping following the death of his mother. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Shiza

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.

July 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
Houston Chronicle
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A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.

April 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.

April 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
Seattle Times
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As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.

March 31, 2005 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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An earnest also-ran.

March 31, 2005 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Shiza

Harsh and realistically squashed by Omarova.No,Schizo is not the common peasant on a small town nor the bully against authority.It's a sweet debut despite the psychological weariness and the social comment of poverty.

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