Turtles Can Fly Reviews

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September 7, 2011
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.
May 13, 2005
A lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
April 22, 2005
A story that renders into poetry the sad facts of survival for child victims of war.
April 22, 2005
relentless, bleakly funny, thoroughly remarkable drama
April 22, 2005
You'll see more accomplished films, but you won't see many that have more heartbreaking impact.
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.
April 15, 2005
Ebrahim's expressive eyes and mobile face capture the youth in the act of strategizing.
April 14, 2005
I wish everyone who has an opinion on the war in Iraq could see Turtles Can Fly.
April 14, 2005
As beautifully shot, by cinematographer Shahriar Assadi, as it is sensitively written and directed and wonderfully acted.
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.
March 10, 2005
Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
February 23, 2005
If only it weren't such a patchy mess of a movie.
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.
February 18, 2005
It belongs on movie lovers' must-see list.
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.
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