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  • Summary: Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time — Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls "the World's most dangerous place." (First Run Features) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Expand

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