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The Square (Al Midan) Reviews

July 11, 2018
If The Square fails to satisfy, it is only because the revolution itself is unsatisfying.
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
January 17, 2014
If the resulting film is unwieldy - five editors, five "additional editors," and six assistant editors are credited - it also brims with angry urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2014
The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2014
Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 16, 2014
What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I'm not sure we'll ever get closer than "The Square," an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 5, 2013
The Square understands that the Revolution itself is a work in progress, and while its immediacy means it, too, will soon be superseded, it stands as a vigorous, useful account.
November 1, 2013
A powerhouse documentary that takes us into the eyes of several storms.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 31, 2013
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way.
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.
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
October 25, 2013
Shows the human stakes and often punishing difficulties of challenging entrenched powers and interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2013
"The Square," while it records the gruesome collision of utopian aspirations with cold political realities, is not a despairing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
October 24, 2013
Ultimately, one of the principal appeals of the D.C.-born Egyptian-American filmmaker's documentary is its intimacy.
October 24, 2013
Pulses with an immediacy that will leave you simultaneously enlightened and stunned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2013
Think of The Square as a bulletin from the front-one of many to come, in all likelihood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2013
The Square offers more than just pictures of a revolution; it lets you into the mind-set of those fighting for their future, and that makes all the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2013
The Square moves quickly, its reams of raw footage complemented by fleet and skillful editing.
October 21, 2013
The Square is inner-world-shaking.