Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 100
    Filmmaking at its most fearless, with Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as "Joshua."
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    100
    Captivating and essential viewing.
  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.
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 »