Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Apr 16, 2011
    60
    The first half-hour is as evocative as (and more specific than) Claire Denis' "White Material," a similarly broad treatment of post-colonial chaos. The rest, sadly, falls apart, but Haroun's formal skill confirms his continual promise.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 12, 2011
    83
    At its core, A Screaming Man emphasizes the strength of family bonds. It's a sad, moving portrait that has nothing to do with its chaotic setting.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 15, 2011
    60
    Haroun is achingly conscious of day-to-day decisions that seem small when they're made but can suddenly loom large.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Apr 12, 2011
    70
    Haroun is uninterested in big war scenes and is best at evoking the little details of life.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 14, 2011
    90
    It's a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life, like the existence of God, our capacity to see beyond our own vanity and the legacies of fathers, both blood and state.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 12, 2011
    80
    A collective sense of psychological turmoil seems to weigh heavily on the entire country as much as Champ, reaching critical mass once chaos creeps into the city-leading to a quiet, climactic walk into darkness that earns the right to be called haunting.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 26, 2013
    80
    Haroun’s tender but unsentimental regard for his characters allows his storytelling a natural gravitas thoroughly suited to the simultaneously unfolding private and national tragedies.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    The characterizations never comfortably accommodate Haroun's pat metaphor, though his stoic visual storytelling has an oblique gravity.

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