Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)


Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)

Critics Consensus

Young Ahmed doesn't represent the Dardennes brothers' most developed work, but solid acting and a socially conscious story help compensate for its flaws.



Total Count: 41

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In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his imam's ideals of purity and life's temptations. How can love of life win out over his desire to put someone to death?


Critic Reviews for Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (22)

  • This won't be the Belgian brothers' third - it feels too slight for that - but it's subtly provocative and powerfully acted by the young newcomer Idir Ben Addi.

    May 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's reasonably gripping on a scene-by-scene level, and about as starkly unsentimental as any of the Dardennes' lean, urgent moral thrillers.

    May 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The Dardennes have often settled on not-knowing in their work, only here, that acceptance of uncertainty plays like a concession that they're in over their heads.

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At times, one can practically see the brothers pulling the strings on the movie's potent themes, but they're such expert puppeteers that it's easy enough to ignore them and absorb the ride.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • What the Dardenne brothers are showing here amounts to just the thing those shaken by terrorism fear most: the idea that normal people... can be brainwashed and body-snatched into agents of jihad.

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic
  • In the end, Young Ahmed feels like little more than a pained shrug, elegantly made, yes, but vaporous and virtue-signaling an empathy that's more gestural than heartfelt.

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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