Timbuktu Reviews

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December 30, 2015
For a film that makes you sick with dread, Timbuktu has a light, at times glancing touch.
May 29, 2015
A film that's guaranteed to resonate for years to come.
May 28, 2015
Abderrahmane Sissako watches as traditional life, in harmony with a beautiful landscape, is destroyed by the invaders' rules and Sharia.
May 28, 2015
Sissako creates an interrelated series of characters and tableaux giving us scenes from the life of a traumatised nation.
March 19, 2015
Director Abderrahmane Sissako, a Muslim from neighboring Mauritania, has made a movie that is worthy of comparisons on several levels to Terrence Malick's wheat-field tragedy "Days of Heaven."
March 13, 2015
The performances are hushed and memorable. Cinematographer Sofian El Fanicaptures the beauty of this desert land. Amine Bouhafa's score is its own act of gorgeous grace and defiance.
February 26, 2015
Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. Timbuktu...is a moving, haunting and beautifully shot peek behind the closed cultural curtain.
February 20, 2015
This is the clash of ancient and modern, of rulers and ruled, of rabid dogma and the joys of daily life. It is a portrait of the ugly folly of imposed ideology, a too-common condition for far too many.
February 20, 2015
A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
February 20, 2015
Jihadism is perpetually ablaze in the news, but the Mauritanian movie Timbuktu, a nominee for the best foreign film Oscar, gives those who suffer its condemnations a searingly human face.
February 19, 2015
Sissako achieves the daunting task of humanizing the villains by playing on audience expectations and preconceptions.
February 13, 2015
A masterful and heartbreaking account of religion trumping humanity.
February 13, 2015
A film that deliberately expresses its outrage with religious oppression, offering moments of humour and, at times, startling beauty.
February 12, 2015
Abderrahmane Sissako's sad, handsome film is a response, a supplement, and a protest to the horrors that flash by on the news.
February 12, 2015
Elegantly artful, maddeningly truthful.
February 12, 2015
In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that's a privilege to watch.
February 12, 2015
"Timbuktu" is a terrific film, a quiet work of savage truth.
February 5, 2015
Dazzling and morally devastating ...
February 2, 2015
An extraordinary accomplishment, a heartbreaking, visually spectacular and largely accessible work from a cinematic master who is more than ready for international attention.
January 30, 2015
This unforgettable tragi-comedy shows a cross-section of ordinary Mali people trying to live normally while being harassed by swaggering jihadists toting Kalashnikov rifles.
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