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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A simple story told with economy, Wadjda is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking. It's also genuinely groundbreaking: the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film directed by a Saudi woman. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Not only is this a deftly crafted and superbly acted film, but Wadjda sheds a powerful light on what women face, starting in childhood, in an oppressive regime. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Wadjda is a movie about freedom - and nothing represents freedom with the metaphoric simplicity and symmetry of a bicycle. show more

  • 80
    New York Daily News

    This resonant film, detailing struggles in a far-flung place, represents world cinema in the classic sense. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Wadjda offers an interesting contrast to films made in Iran. Where the latter country has a long cinematic tradition, Mansour's is the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. show more

  • 100
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Al-Mansour has managed to embue Wadjda with a hopeful spirit, partially because she takes time to show women finding ways to be themselves in private moments. And partially because she suggests with a few subtle touches that the situation might be slowly improving. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    What makes the movie so delightful is that Wadjda isn’t trying to make trouble; she’s just being herself. A shot of the system of wire hangers attached to her radio so she can pick up Western music stations sums up her can-do attitude. show more

  • 88
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    The world of cinema is richer for the voice of Al Mansour; she speaks for the women of her country, and for people everywhere. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    In the scenes between mother and daughter in their apartment, the world outside no longer judging every action, new worlds open up. And therein lies the cinema's role in our lives: It reveals what is concealed to others. show more

  • 50
    R. Kurt Osenlund Slant Magazine

    It doesn't play like reality, but like boilerplate filmic fantasy, and its novel setting and inception struggles seem positioned as a beard--or veil, if you will--to mask its mediocrity. show more

  • November 08, 2013 Daviddkh484
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    Excellent! Acting, story, photography excellent! Also moving, and educational. See it.

  • October 23, 2013 td00000000105824
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    Simple plot with great sub-plots. Good character development. Wonderful script. Solid performances by cast. Interesting insight into Saudi culture. Guaranteed Best Foreign Film nomination.

  • September 26, 2013 lgjhere1
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    Every girl and woman in America should see this as a reminder of the freedoms and respect they have fought for over the past century and achieved. I hope in my next life I am not a woman in the Middle East unless women there have achieved equality that we have in the US. It took guts to film this.

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