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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    A remarkable documentary. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Fascinating and, when you see Afghan versions of Simon Cowell and Co. reacting to tryouts, a reminder of how fame and the thirst for it is the same in any language. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Wholly one-third of the country, some 11 million people, watched the finale. Marking's film is too astute to pretend that such fleeting things can bring about peaceful democracy, but it's also perfectly aware that they certainly can't hurt. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I've seen this year. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Focusing on the contestants who make the initial cut -- two men and two women -- the film can't resist wringing some American Idol-style suspense from speculation about who the eventual victor will be. But the movie also leaves no doubt as to who the real winners are. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The show works pretty much the same as "Idol" does, with Afghans voting by cellphone for their favorite performers. But this is Afghanistan, where the Taliban still has power, not America. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    The movie documents much more than a talent competition -- it documents a political movement. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Of all the films to come out the conflict, Afghan Star is the most provocative, because its message that people are essentially the same is a dubious, double-edge sword. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    An inspiring, fun documentary. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    One of the more surreal docs to come down the pike in some time. show more

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