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When I Saw You Reviews

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
June 8, 2014
An earnest piece of social realism from a child's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
June 6, 2014
Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
June 6, 2014
Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 5, 2014
When I Saw You perhaps comes a little close to cliche sometimes (perhaps it's impossible to watch guerrilla scenes without thinking of Woody Allen's Bananas), but there are great moments and vignettes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
June 5, 2014
Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
April 17, 2014
When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Slant Magazine
January 17, 2014
Like Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows, Tarek has a way of using defiance and sarcasm to make himself seem smarter than any ostensible authority figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
January 14, 2014
Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 14, 2014
A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Hélène Louvart's full-bodied photography.
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