War Witch Reviews

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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
Being a child soldier is tough to imagine, but Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen takes on the challenge without many qualms.
December 17, 2013
War Witch gives us a continent's tragedy in a young girl's face.
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?
March 22, 2013
Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen spent nearly a decade researching this docudrama about child soldiers in Africa, and the film feels as authoritative as a first-hand account.
March 14, 2013
A powerful and upsetting portrait of a young girl compelled into unimaginably horrific circumstances.
March 14, 2013
Nguyen, astonishingly, manages to wring something vaguely like a happy ending from this tragic story.
March 8, 2013
War Witch is most effective not when we are looking in on Komona but when we are inside her head.
March 7, 2013
The powerful things we expect from "War Witch" are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.
March 1, 2013
This intense, gripping drama is utterly transporting.
March 1, 2013
Brutality and tenderness are a potent mix in "War Witch."
February 28, 2013
The movie is committed to revealing the world through Komona's eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her.
February 28, 2013
War Witch is a remarkably mature portrait that trusts its audience to have their own reactions to its material; it doesn't yank at the heartstrings so much as expertly tune them.
February 27, 2013
It's depressing stuff, to be sure, but it does a marvelous job at giving us an impressionistic taste of horrific circumstances without using them to beat us into submission.
February 26, 2013
Nguyen's matter-of-fact storytelling proves to be the right match for a life of extraordinary suffering.
February 26, 2013
The film's subject is almost too horrible to contemplate, but it finds a way to space out the blows without softening them.
January 10, 2013
The sensitively imagined story of a child soldier in Africa makes War Witch a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.
January 10, 2013
Along with the moral lesson, Nguyen remembers to give auds some pleasures, including the exquisitely chosen soundtrack of African folk and pop music, Nicolas Bolduc's cinematography and the very artful use of sound throughout.
September 21, 2012
Rebelle is full of such careful detail, and is carried so beautifully by Mwanza's performance, that questions of authenticity slide away.
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