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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 1, 2006
... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004 has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity
| Original Score: A
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 26, 2004
Clay Bird is beautifully photographed, and the central story is compelling but, too often, the characters feel like stick figures being manipulated to prove the movie's valid, but obvious, point.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 20, 2004
Has a kind of twofold eloquence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 19, 2004
The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
While The Clay Bird might be a bit too restrained for its own dramatic good, at least the film sheds light on a significant part of world history in a way relevant to contemporary viewers.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 30, 2004
It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 30, 2004
There's just not that much genuine conflict to sink your teeth into.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
July 16, 2004
A slice-of-life movie set against the backdrop of Bangladeshi independence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 3, 2004
The filmmaker's clear empathy for his characters and close knowledge of his subject matter gives the film a vibrant authenticity that well compensates for any narrative flaws.
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Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2004
It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
June 11, 2004
Poignant and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
June 7, 2004
The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
Subtle to the point of inscrutability, the 1960s-set The Clay Bird is a nonetheless compelling look at both the personal and social dynamics of a Muslim family living uneasily among Hindus in East Pakistan.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
The power of this quiet little film lies in the lyricism of its images of life on Bangladesh's waterways and in its towns ... and in the naturalistic performances from its cast of mostly nonprofessional actors.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 30, 2004
It's a perfect title for a film that deals so passionately with freedom -- spiritual and political -- and coming of age, not just of Anu, but an entire nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 30, 2004
Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2004
Largely a documentary filmmaker, Masud may need a few more features under his belt before his work has a consistent flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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