Wadjda Reviews

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December 4, 2019
For years, aspiring feminists had Jo March; now, we have Wadjda. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE]
November 27, 2019
Haifaa Al Mansour is clearly one those people who will change the world, both within the Arab world and outside. This is Wadjda, hear her roar!!!
August 7, 2019
Something kind of radical, a quiet rebuke of repressive religious values that make no sense in a modern world.
June 8, 2019
Wadjda isn't angry or sentimental. Rather it ends up being a heart-warming and positive story with some laughs and tears along the way.
April 11, 2019
Wadjda is unstoppable, and the character will no doubt serve to empower many young Saudi girls.
February 26, 2019
As with the best work of Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli et al, al-Mansour's sweet-natured debut offers both fun and thought provocation for younger and older audiences alike, belying its complexity with a universal tale that speaks to the many.
February 22, 2019
A staggeringly assured cine-essay on female self-determination.
September 5, 2018
Though people will talk about how it breaks boundaries and how pioneering it is, that's not what you most need to know. What you most need to know is that it's fascinating, involving, moving, an entirely excellent film in its own right.
August 28, 2018
Wadjda is a groundbreaking film no matter how you look at it. It's also an exceptional one.
August 14, 2018
Waad Mohammed as the protagonist gives a great performance. She's sarcastic, funny, mischievous and sweet depending on what the situation calls for.
January 26, 2018
There's a sense of hope that resonates with a character as confident as Wadjda that can't be ignored.
December 3, 2017
In presenting fine details and focusing on her characters rather than on a political agenda, Al-Mansour has created a perfect little movie that just happens to be set against an imperfect and deeply misogynistic society.
November 29, 2017
Wadjda gives Westerners an opportunity to see day-to-day life, and it is a fascinating view.
September 5, 2017
Determinedly non-preachy, non-bitter and rapturously uplifting.
September 5, 2017
A moving film that is punctuated by two heartening debut performances Wadjda never stops to second guess itself in its intent or declaration.
August 30, 2017
Rather surprisingly, a substantially fun movie.
August 11, 2017
It is rare for a film with an agenda to have such modest charm.
March 22, 2016
A cinematic gem, Wadjda is a movie that combines pointed political and social commentary, wonderful performances and an extraordinarily charming young heroine you can root for.
August 10, 2014
...a well-intentioned yet terminally uneven endeavor...
April 8, 2014
There are important films and there are good films, and the two do not necessarily always overlap. Wadjda is both important and very, very good.
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