War Witch Reviews

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December 12, 2018
That the teenage Rachel Mwanza can show us, and make us feel viscerally, a bit of what such a child goes through is a miracle in itself.
March 7, 2017
Nguyen's direction and script rarely falter. It's a near-perfect blend of harsh reality and mysticism.
July 15, 2014
A powerful and unforgettable emotional viewing experience.
December 17, 2013
It may be hard for a viewer to accept some of the paranormal goings-on in War Witch -- the ghosts, the superstitions, the otherworldly powers -- but they're nothing compared to the realities that Komona has to endure.
December 17, 2013
Atrocity and beauty somehow co-exist in War Witch.
December 17, 2013
War Witch doesn't sermonize or propose a solution to its larger problems. It's a portrait of a life. It just so happens that said life is playing out in a living hell.
December 17, 2013
This harrowing film refuses to let up long enough to let you catch your breath.
December 17, 2013
With intelligence and deceptive simplicity, Nguyen injects the discombobulating impact of grief, conflict and PTSD (with the added effects of magic milk), to delve deeper than a simple observed account of a soldier's bid for freedom.
December 17, 2013
Rachel Mwanza's performance is extraordinary and shows great depth for such a young actress.
December 17, 2013
The film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year.
December 17, 2013
War Witch gives us a continent's tragedy in a young girl's face.
December 17, 2013
The picture is far and away most effective in its sequences of quiet lyricism.
November 25, 2013
...rich in anthropological specificity, Nguyen's film is unexpectedly sensitive and anchored by some amazing performances.
June 13, 2013
Nguyen brings the harshness of this world alive not with big dramatic flourishes but with an everyday tone that makes it all the more frightening. This is how it is - how else would it be?
May 9, 2013
This year's City of God.
April 26, 2013
... driven by a remarkably natural, unaffected performance by Mwanza. And Nguyen, despite relying a little too heavily on the initial voice-over for exposition, is a confident and sensitive intelligence behind the camera.
April 5, 2013
You're likely to ponder its images, its insights into a very foreign (for most of us) location and the tragic situation of Komona (and others like her) for a long time to come.
April 5, 2013
Is it accurate depiction of Africa's child soldiers? I don't know, thank God. But it feels authentic to its very core, and that makes it as hard to forget as it is to ignore.
March 29, 2013
Brutal without turning exploitative, the result is harrowing and heartbreaking.
March 29, 2013
Nguyen creates a mesmerizing tone through his camerawork, editing, sound and the infusion of African folk imagery and ritual, but it's Mwanza's performance as Komona that makes "War Witch" feel so miraculous.
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