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The World Unseen Reviews

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Sarah Cohen
Time Out
April 3, 2009
No amount of heaving bosom or quivering bottom lip can evoke a romantic frisson if the emotion simply isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Anna King
Time Out
November 5, 2008
The women have a definite spark, but a hetero couple's interracial flirtation is swiftly dispatched, rendering them little more than clunky counterpoints to the distaff duo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 3, 2009
While the visuals never rise above TV-movie adequacy and some background acting hovers at am-dram level, The World Unseen's central story is strong enough to hold attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
April 9, 2009
If Sarif improves with experience, she might regret ever having allowed this effort to be seen by the public.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 3, 2009
Intimacy, nuance and emotional punch are conspicuous only by their absence. Dreary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 3, 2009
This tale of forbidden love in the early days of apartheid South Africa suffers from heavy-handed direction and stodgy exposition, but it is made tolerable by its two central performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Antani
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2008
Race, gender, tradition, politics and sexuality get thrown together into a bright but bland masala mix in Shamim Sarif's debut feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
November 7, 2008
It doesn't leave you cold, but it doesn't exactly make an impression, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
April 3, 2009
You wait all year for a lesbian comedy drama with the production values of a 1980s TV movie and the acting standard of a carpet shampoo advert, and then two come along at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 7, 2008
Never begins to tap the talent at its disposal.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
April 3, 2009
As drama, it's insipid. As erotica, it's useless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 9, 2009
Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 26, 2008
One supposes that a muted drama about the trials of forbidden love set against the backdrop of one of the darker moments in human history isn't to be joyous, but a moment or two of levity wouldn't have killed anybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
An extremely rare case of a pic version both written and directed by the book's original author, "The World Unseen" reps a strong argument for leaving screen adaptations to other, more capable hands.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
November 6, 2008
Lisa Ray is a magnificent actress, but she's still waiting for her first great role.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 7, 2008
Less an account of hatred and injustice in apartheid-torn South Africa than it is a soap opera-ish romance that could easily be an episode of The L-Word.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
November 14, 2008
It suffers from an abundance of transparent acting, simplistic plot twists and music that essentially screams, 'These are important scenes to behold!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Xan Brooks
Guardian
April 3, 2009
A curiously strait-laced, timid and self-conscious affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

National Post
November 7, 2008
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 7, 2008
When dialogue and pacing get bogged down in L Word soap opera and the rich social context in S. Africa fades to mostly background, the appealing cast holds the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
November 13, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2008
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