Reviews

Oct 11, 2021
Some movies need time and distance to establish themselves and prove their greatness. 'Timbuktu' only needs 17 minutes to establish itself as a masterwork.
Feb 21, 2021
Timbuktu is a strong statement against the extreme Islamic militants who seem to take the moral high ground and impose their laws upon people they don't understand.
Jun 26, 2020
Timbuktu, is a drama of political subtlety that, being brutally honest, develops a powerful moralistic discourse. [Full review in Spanish]
Dec 4, 2019
As the story of a cross-section of the people living under the occupation of misogynistic Islamist extremists, you might expect Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu to be bleak . It's the opposite. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE]
Aug 8, 2019
Told with disarming simplicity, it's a story of terror that quietly emerges from stark beauty.
Jul 5, 2019
This isn't a grand political statement; it's a whispered condemnation that carries with it a great and noble weight.
Jun 17, 2019
Sissako cuts his searing social realism with significant doses of absurdist comedy and dreamlike beauty.
Apr 5, 2019
A beautiful drama fuelled by a sense of urgent and righteous anger. But there's sadness here as well as hope.
Nov 10, 2018
A work of staggering dramatic and ethnographic lucidity: a crystal-clear ode to life in a harsh outpost of Mali, namely the northerly, desert-laden city of Timbuktu.
Feb 28, 2018
Obviously made on a low, low budget with many non-actors, this is nevertheless often visually gorgeous and feels painfully real.
Feb 16, 2018
Unfortunately, "Timbuktu" falls a little short when it tries to show resistance to the fundamentalists.
Nov 13, 2017
Structural neatness is not simply an interpretive shortcut, but a token of Sissako's adroitness at pivoting between individual dramas and the overarching social and political systems to which they are so inextricably bound.
Oct 11, 2017
For a century or more the name Timbuktu has been shorthand for an impossibly remote exoticism, at least to Western ears, but with clarity and compassion Sissako dissolves any barriers to understanding, and insists on common cause.
Mar 7, 2017
Calling Sissako a brilliant filmmaker is an understatement.
Jul 19, 2016
Timbuktu is a film that should resonate for a long time to come.
Jun 28, 2016
A haunting warning cry from a great North African director about the jihadi invasion of Mali, Timbuktu is a message the rest of the world can't afford to ignore.
Jun 6, 2016
Abderrahmane Sissako can no longer be called one of the greatest African directors of our time; he has become, simply, one of the greatest directors of our time.
Mar 3, 2016
Suffers from a certain reductionism with respect to the jihadists but then again that is to be expected in an epoch when Islam is a dirty word almost universally. Could have been better but still worth seeing.
Jan 25, 2016
'Timbuktu' startles by acknowledging the humanity of jihadists, even as it tacitly condemns their dogmas and especially their violence.
Dec 30, 2015
Sissako doesn't get trapped in mockery, and it says a lot that a tone of ruefulness prevails.