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Turtles Can Fly Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 26, 2005
Despite its fanciful title, Turtles Can Fly leads viewers into a slough of despond, one in which not just hope is strangled but virtually any possibility for simple human kindness.
June 24, 2005
Riveting, depressing and eye-opening, Turtles Can Fly is a movie about an Iraq that the news hasn't shown us.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 13, 2005
A lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 22, 2005
A story that renders into poetry the sad facts of survival for child victims of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
relentless, bleakly funny, thoroughly remarkable drama
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 22, 2005
You'll see more accomplished films, but you won't see many that have more heartbreaking impact.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 21, 2005
It's a soaring achievement, without ever leaving the ground.
April 15, 2005
A story of wounded children, a devastating reminder of the costs of war.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
Ebrahim's expressive eyes and mobile face capture the youth in the act of strategizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 14, 2005
I wish everyone who has an opinion on the war in Iraq could see Turtles Can Fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 14, 2005
As beautifully shot, by cinematographer Shahriar Assadi, as it is sensitively written and directed and wonderfully acted.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 7, 2005
Bahman Ghobadi's new drama about Iraq's children of war shows us the scenes lurking behind the headlines and sound bites.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 10, 2005
Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2005
If only it weren't such a patchy mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 18, 2005
Ghobadi, a native of Iranian Kurdistan who studied under Abbas Kiarostami, delivers a movie that illuminates in different, more subtle ways.
February 18, 2005
There's no refuge in this uncomfortably realistic movie, and that is its strength.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
It belongs on movie lovers' must-see list.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 17, 2005
Its sophisticated world-view is a gentle rebuke to provincial views of the world in American cinema.
February 17, 2005
Bahman Ghobadi's third film presents a harsh account of war, displacement and deprivation that is saved from utter bleakness by a tough, earthy lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2005
There are limits to this approach, both as a strategy of emotional exploitation and an instrument of political analysis. It is simply too easy to weep over maimed children.
February 17, 2005
Ghobadi's genius seems supercharged rather than weighed down by his higher calling, and his imagery is so boilingly alive that we come away from it feeling exhilarated rather than depressed.
February 17, 2005
Ghobadi in this pic displays a complete command of his art as he shifts between -- and even blends -- wrenching tragedy and amusing comedy.
February 15, 2005
The perpetual motion only temporarily staves off a pervading, self-evident despair.
February 1, 2005
It hits and hurts the eyes (the rainy days are lousy enough, but the skies of royal blue, above such grief, feel especially insulting), and it also seems to bleed straight out of the headlines.