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Wadjda Reviews

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September 5, 2017
Determinedly non-preachy, non-bitter and rapturously uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 29, 2017
Rather surprisingly, a substantially fun movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 10, 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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 4, 2014
It has a neat, sly way of folding complex pissed-off politics into crowd-pleasing narrative simplicity.
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.
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.
December 11, 2013
Rather than making a grand political statement, the film excels in its quieter and more intimate moments.
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