Shiza (2005)

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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
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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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
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
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
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.

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

Full Review… | March 31, 2005
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.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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(** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] It is interesting but as a whole, I just don't think it works. A near-miss. AKA: [i]The Recruiter[/i]

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