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Afghan Star

Not Rated In Theaters 06/26/2009 , 87min.
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9%
Viewer score based on 23 ratings
78%
Critic score based on 17 reviews

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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. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Afghan Star goes much deeper, eloquently conveying the tensions, small victories and shattering setbacks of a fragile democracy struggling to regain a once-flourishing culture. Full Review
Chris Barsanti
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. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
Variety
Not the slickest or most crowd-pleasing among many recent performance-competition docus, it's nonetheless absorbing for the light it casts on those many Afghanis who want an end to guns and fanaticism, and the return of a social liberalism. Full Review
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. Full Review

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