Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    100
    Captivating and essential viewing.
  2. 100
    Filmmaking at its most fearless, with Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as "Joshua."
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    90
    There was no happy ending, but if Burma VJ's account of the efficacy of dictatorship threatens to crush you, the sight of a sturdy young back disappearing into the mountains, returning from a Thailand hideout for another round of bearing witness, should make your heart burst.
  4. 90
    A rich, thought-provoking film.
  5. 89
    It's the truth, unshackled and captured against all odds, and it's one of the most powerful documentary films I have ever seen, period.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Burma VJ’ retorts that eyes and ears are everywhere in our ever-tightening global communications mesh. Voices, too, and they get heard. The generals and the ayatollahs have every right to be scared.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel Eagan
    80
    In preparing Burma VJ, Ostergaard decided to reconstruct some scenes with scripted dialogue -- in part to explain events, but also to protect the participants. This material, shot in darkened offices and apartments, feels both accurate and necessary.
  8. Anyone who doubts that a single individual can make a political impact should see Anders Østergaard’s gripping documentary.
  9. Thanks to the new guerrilla narrative, the world has a constant flow of images to file in its collective consciousness. And that camera-testable accountability slowly becomes a global civic right that fulfills the noblest purpose of journalism -- to bring truth to power.
  10. The most compelling footage was taken during the uprising of August and September 2007, which put a bad scare into the government because a large number of Buddhist monks played a prominent role.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Posner
    75
    It's a very sad film to watch.
  12. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    Has some style as well as compelling content.
  13. 50
    The news footage, so powerful on its own, needs no enhancement. The dramatized scenes only slow the film's momentum.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. oerdi
    Jul 11, 2009
    10
    A rare and moving view of the peaceful protests in Burma and the brutal crackdown that followed. A must see for anyone interested in politics A rare and moving view of the peaceful protests in Burma and the brutal crackdown that followed. A must see for anyone interested in politics or human rights. Full Review »