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Wadjda Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2018
There's a sense of hope that resonates with a character as confident as Wadjda that can't be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 28, 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.
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
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