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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Bahrani, as director, not only stays out of the way of the simplicity of his story, but relies on it; less is more, and with restraint he finds a grimy eloquence. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A realistic drama about life's uncertainties. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A fascinating, sad, sometimes quite poetic window into a grueling way of life most of us know little about. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Razvi, once a pushcart vendor himself, is particularly good; he brings a visceral poignancy to a character who comes to represent every desperate soul who ever tried to make it in the land of plenty. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    A slow-burn stunner, where nothing much of consequence happens, except life itself. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    This modern slice of neorealism has been made with a skill, and humanity, that suggests Bahrani may have a "Bicycle Thief" in him yet. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Man Push Cart, largely the work of newcomers and near-newcomers, is a remarkably disciplined, subtle film that avoids striking a "triumph of the human spirit" note or any other cliché. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Filmed in less than three weeks, Man Push Cart is an exemplary work of independent filmmaking carried out on a shoestring. Mr. Razvi’s convincing performance is a muted portrait of desolation bordering on despair. show more

  • 70
    Slate

    If one of the things movies are supposed to do is make you look anew at the world around you, you may never see your doughnut vendor in the same way again. show more

  • September 12, 2010 jennettann
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    Ahmad Razi is a beautiful actor, and I thought the filming of this movie quite lovely and compelling - But, call me trite, but I felt let down by the movie's "plot." Maybe if I'd expected the movie to be a "slice of life" rather than a story I would have been happier with it.

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