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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    You won't forget this film -- it's devastating. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Pazira, whose sapphire eyes blaze through the lattice of her slate-gray burqa, isn't much of an actress, as her singsong narration attests. But when not speaking, she has a commanding presence and is an effective witness to the ravages of war. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Among the unforgettable images is that of artificial limbs floating to earth on parachutes, while below, one-legged men on crutches race each other to the prizes. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Kandahar does not provide deeply drawn characters, memorable dialogue or an exciting climax. Its traffic is in images. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Watching this film wakes you up; it is a window on an Iran and an Afghanistan we should have taken account of long ago -- seen though a master's eye, felt through a poet's touch. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    A bleak road movie that often ambles. But its many moments of poetic grace make this haunting and harrowing journey a rewarding one. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Kandahar found itself in real-life controversy last December, when one of its actors was accused of murder. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    While it's often harsh in style and melancholy in subject, Kandahar taps into veins of humor and compassion as well. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The world's newfound familiarity with the region's troubles only make Kandahar more compelling. show more

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