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Wadjda Reviews

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September 10, 2013
It doesn't play like reality, but like boilerplate filmic fantasy, and its novel setting and inception struggles seem positioned as a beard--or veil, if you will--to mask its mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
December 10, 2013
On the most basic level, Wadjda is a wonderful piece of filmmaking. It's a tale that's delightful and insightful and gently transgressive, and Al-Mansour tells it with economy, lyricism and terrific warmth.
November 28, 2017
Wadjda gives Westerners an opportunity to see day-to-day life, and it is a fascinating view.
December 10, 2013
Simple but charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2013
The film doesn't sugarcoat the situation in Saudi Arabia-far from it-but by the end, it makes clear in that in the likes of Wadjda, there are real hopes for progress and change in years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 18, 2013
The film never struggles under the strain of its weighty subject matter, delivering an enjoyable and heartfelt tale which combines elements of exhilarating comedy and tense drama that never detract from its bravely articulated subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 13, 2013
What makes the movie so delightful is that Wadjda isn't trying to make trouble; she's just being herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 10, 2013
Haifaa al Mansour's debut merits recognition for its fresh-feeling take on the trope whereby the travails of a child protagonist mirror those of a wider society.
September 12, 2013
An expertly crafted piece of filmmaking...Wadjda is an object of stark beauty, an oasis of free-spirited cinema emerging from the desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 2, 2013
A story about a girl who wants to buy a bike doesn't sound particularly groundbreaking. But base the story in Saudi Arabia, and that bike becomes a vehicle to venture into sensitive territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2013
A simple, solid, deeply affecting film, Wadjda is something rare: the work of a female Saudi filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, and a feature from a country that has long outlawed cinemas.
August 10, 2017
It is rare for a film with an agenda to have such modest charm.
December 10, 2013
Films like Wadjda do not come around very often.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 14, 2012
The mere completion of Al-Mansour's film is a towering achievement in itself; that it's also got charm and heart to spare is icing on the cake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 3, 2013
Haifaa Al Mansour's debut feature presents a firm but understated social critique in the form of an endearing coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2013
What keeps Wadjda from devolving into a sort of heavy-handed cultural show-and-tell is its title character.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 19, 2013
Though writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour doesn't break new ground aesthetically, she relates the experience of a Saudi Arabian girl's coming of age clearly and unsentimentally, which alone makes this a must-see.
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