Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 6, 2011
    75
    Baughman and O'Hara's documentary spews out so much information in just 111 minutes that the movie would have benefited from a longer run time and tighter focus.
  2. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jan 27, 2011
    63
    Part biography, part idol worship, Bhutto is a bullet train through South Asia, chronicling its subject's 54 years, a period of unrest in her nation and family.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 7, 2011
    75
    Boasting a rock-solid academic architecture, Bhutto is a film bursting at the seams with gravitas.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    Dec 16, 2010
    75
    People called the Bhuttos "The Kennedys of Pakistan" and, in a parallel with our losses, the Pakistanis suffered the untimely deaths of Benazir, her father, and her two brothers.
  5. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    Dec 10, 2010
    70
    Fast-paced and intelligent documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Bhutto is smart and thorough on the inflamed history of Pakistan. But as a portrait of the first woman elected head of state in an Islamic nation, it comes closer to hero-worship than to considered biography.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Rather than treat its subject as the sort of martyr to democracy that makes good copy in the West, Bhutto digs deeper.
  8. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Bhutto's story is an epic one, and Hernandez and O'Hara prove up to the task.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 6, 2010
    60
    It's a fascinating story, and too epic to be contained here. But the directors certainly capture our interest, even as they leave us wanting to know more.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    As Bhutto, the thorough and involving documentary on her life conveys, Benazir was a formidable personality all by herself.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Contextualizing the prime minister's rise to power within a larger portrait of a nation under constant internal and external siege, Bhutto conveys a forceful sense of tectonic social and geopolitical shifts, as well as the courageous, heartbreaking personal sacrifices its subject made in service to both her homeland and ideals.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    If nothing else, the directors, Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara, deserve praise for devoting this kind of attention to a foreign leader and to the internal politics of another country (as opposed to how those politics affect the United States).
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 6, 2010
    58
    The Bhutto family is often referred to as the "Pakistani Kennedys." After seeing this film, that designation doesn't sound so glib anymore.
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  1. Jun 4, 2011
    10
    An epic film that reads like a Shakespearean tragedy. This is the story of the first woman elected to power in a Muslim nation. The editing, music and effects make this one of the most unforgettable documentaries I've seen. Full Review »