Wadjda - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Wadjda Reviews

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2014
...a well-intentioned yet terminally uneven endeavor...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 3, 2014
Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour uses the simple story as our entry into a complex culture and a pointed perspective on how women are treated in Saudi society ...
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 28, 2014
This is a film to be admired for both its on-screen and off-screen story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 21, 2014
A warm, winning, restless film...Beautiful, modestly progressive and heartfelt, with a wonderful, brash central performance from first-timer Waad Mohammed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
March 21, 2014
The overall pro-freedom message comes through loud and clear. Rhetorically speaking, the trick of using childish innocence to reveal adult hypocrisy is virtually foolproof.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 21, 2014
It's a provocative but credible premise and in exploring it, Al Mansour has come up with an engagingly subversive character. Wadjda is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2014
The film disguises its liberal editorial message with a superbly veiled screenplay; we're just looking ... but of course, we're also seeing, a much more invasive activity
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2014
This charming and deceptively simple film about a rebellious young Saudi girl with a dream that defies the culture in which she lives, is a breath of fresh air; the insight into lifestyle and culture fascinating
David Stratton
The Australian
March 14, 2014
By any standards, this [is] a fine, moving film and essential viewing for anyone who cares about contemporary cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
February 28, 2014
Her film is like she is, ostensibly playing by the rules, but throwing us enough sidewise glances to let us know that she's much smarter than she appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
It has a neat, sly way of folding complex pissed-off politics into crowd-pleasing narrative simplicity.
Louis Proyect
December 22, 2013
A kindred spirit to "Offside" and "Persepolis", this film is ten times more inspiring than "Breakaway", another tale of an underdog and a bicycle. A must-see.
Cynthia Fuchs
December 17, 2013
A series of close and long shots follow as Wadjda rides and wobbles, as she grins broadly and gains momentum in this tiny space, as she shares her glee with Abdullah. Even without using their voices, they express so much.
Todd Jorgenson
December 11, 2013
Rather than making a grand political statement, the film excels in its quieter and more intimate moments.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 10, 2013
The movie ends on a highly emotional note that might easily have tipped over into bathos. But Al-Mansour knows her stuff -- she earns her emotion honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
December 10, 2013
Simple but charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garry Maddox
Sydney Morning Herald
December 10, 2013
Al Mansour's first feature film is a striking achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
December 10, 2013
Wadjda generally feels anchored in the authentic-feeling life of one authentic-feeling girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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