Theeb Reviews

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May 8, 2020
For all its beauty, the stark simplicity of this folk tale with firearms mean it offers few real surprises.
June 6, 2019
Theeb is a mature, well-realized effort that brings to mind some of Hollywood's old westerns and epics
April 10, 2018
Nowar makes good use of the Wolfgang Thaler's experienced camera and the open canvas reminds us of the classic western...
January 16, 2018
Nowar uses the Wadi Rum setting in much the same way as American director John Ford used Monument Valley: as an iconic symbol, but also as such a dominant presence that it takes on the importance of character . . . .
November 21, 2017
The epic and the intimate combine impressively in Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar's debut feature Theeb.
November 21, 2017
Part of what makes Theeb such a breath of fresh air is that it narrows its focus, examining a group of individuals (and one in particular) rather than getting stuck in well-meaning liberal "typicality."
August 14, 2017
Come for a trip to gorgeous vistas in faraway lands; stay for the character drama
June 21, 2017
The premise is beautifully executed, with a level of tension and unpredictability that builds and builds until the end.
December 31, 2016
The first movie from Jordan to be nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, Theeb is a stark and affecting drama about a boy growing up fast in the face of war.
December 6, 2016
Nowar operates with the understanding that less is more, and proves that you can make a strong film without dumb contrivances such as exposition and cliched character arcs.
September 1, 2016
A beautifully crafted coming-of-age drama that also doubles as a 'Bedouin Western'.
June 20, 2016
A movie that combines direct and crude violence with an intimate story. [Full review in Spanish]
June 7, 2016
An honest and fair portrait of a culture. [Full review in Spanish]
June 3, 2016
An exotic movie that doesn't feel like a film debut. [Full review in Spanish]
May 5, 2016
The geopolitical complexities running underneath this period story will reverberate into the 21st century.
March 4, 2016
A coming-of-age story told with a genuine feeling for the vast, unyielding desert and an eye for the uncertainties of adolescence.
February 28, 2016
A gorgeous, cracking adventure with a smart ring of authenticity, full of pulpy twists and perils, and with a sweetly naive but gruffly charming young hero.
February 26, 2016
Young al-Hwietat is impressive at conveying the physical and moral trials Theeb faces in a basic survival narrative.
February 26, 2016
The result is a poignant story that will make you think and a beautiful landscape that will make you marvel.
February 24, 2016
Theeb is a delightful surprise. It's not boring. It's not shallow. It's not predictable.
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