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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Managing to be neither sentimental nor sensationalistic, the film tells its story from the heart, and from the simple, straightforward viewpoint of young heroine Komona, warmly played by the talented Rachel Mwanza in her screen debut. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Brutality and tenderness are a potent mix in War Witch. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    War Witch deals with a reality so horrific that the film’s touches of magical realism are welcome, even necessary — the only way to retain one’s bearings and sanity in a world without signposts. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    So is this a Western take on Africa? Yes, but Rebelle is full of such careful detail, and is carried so beautifully by Mwanza’s performance, that questions of authenticity slide away. show more

  • 50
    Calum Marsh Slant Magazine

    Though ostensibly a character study, it's nevertheless characterized by the vaguely moralizing tone of an issue film, one whose candor in the face of brutality seems calculated for maximum liberal appeal. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    The film’s subject is almost too horrible to contemplate, but it finds a way to space out the blows without softening them. show more

  • 91
    The Playlist

    Blending a surrealist perspective of battle-tinged faith with the harrowing tale of one girl's resilience, the film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year. show more

  • 83
    Jordan Hoffman

    It does a marvelous job at giving us an impressionistic taste of horrific circumstances without using them to beat us into submission. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better. show more

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