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The Square (Al Midan) Reviews

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April 16, 2014
While it's significant as a historical document, The Square, simply by existing, also reminds us of how new media has begun to transform the way the world witnesses war and oppression.
October 28, 2013
"The Square" isn't a nuanced or complete view of Egyptian politics, but it's an enthralling view of fervent reformists, willing to go back to Tahrir as often as it takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2014
The success, failures, and political wrangling of the rebellion is examined in great detail by a very brave group of filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 16, 2014
Jehane Noujaim recaptures the movement's spirit while exploring the realities of the post-revolution period in her fascinating new film, The Square.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2014
Unflinching, violent but excellent docu on Arab Spring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 5, 2014
Nothing short of literature
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2014
Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2013
"The Square" stands as a valuable document of a tormented time, an anatomy of a revolutionary movement doomed by a paucity of viable institutions, and by the movement's failure to advance a coherent agenda.
November 6, 2013
A mostly riveting film startling in it's you-are-there immediacy. The film and its participants give viewers many reasons for hope in lasting change.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 14, 2014
One of the very best documentaries of 2013.
October 28, 2013
[E]ngrossingly captures a portrait of society in throes of consciousness-raising. . .what makes this stand apart is the participation of a Muslim Brotherhood youth organizer.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 12, 2014
A stirring tribute to democracy and those willing to fight for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2013
The documentary brings calm insight to an impassioned, still-developing historic event, personalizing the dramatic developments without losing a sense of the greater stakes.
October 31, 2013
This isn't a mere chronicle of current events. It's a work imbued with great emotional truths, depicting the joy and despair of life on history's front lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2013
Shows how multifaceted and complex the socio-political issues in Egypt were and still are to this very day. You'll find yourself at the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
October 24, 2013
Like many documentaries on political movements, The Square alternates between the mass and the intimate. But Noujami's ability to intermingle the two is impressively seamless
September 25, 2013
A blistering portrait of rebellion against social discord, marginalization and oppression, and a call to arms for true democratic ideals of dignity, justice, and fairness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2014
The pace of history, at once precipitate and open-ended, is the story here. The very term "revolution" denotes a turning process: it isn't a button push or a light switch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2014
As a reflection of the mood and struggles of those seeking democratic change it is immersive and visceral even if its up close and personal approach means that the political sphere is rendered in broad brushstroke terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 22, 2013
The Square moves quickly, its reams of raw footage complemented by fleet and skillful editing.
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