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78

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  • Summary: When the youngest boy of a destitute Iranian Kurdish family suffers from a terminal illness, his young siblings struggle to pay for a life-saving operation. (Shooting Gallery)
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Deeper and richer in humanity than all but a handful of the American films released this year.
  2. 91
    A profoundly anxious picture that from its first frame holds you, clenched, never able to let go, even after its unresolved coda.
  3. 90
    It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent tribute.
  4. A disturbing and forceful drama.
  5. The real hero here is Ghobadi, whose love and respect for the culture in which he was raised shines through every frame.
  6. Because of its relentlessness, its crawling pace (the 77 minutes pass like 2 1/2 hours) and its sometimes confusing story, A Time for Drunken Horses may not be for every taste, but it's still an affecting, and in its way beautiful, movie.
  7. In Bahman Ghobadi's heart-tugger about Kurdish orphans, those wide eyes are too often used as a manipulative device.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3