Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  1. 100
    A stunning drama from that remote former Soviet republic.
  2. 80
    Schizo is in its way a taut and exciting thriller.
  3. The brutality of the fights and Schizo's growing ability to outfox his enemies make for a taut and exciting little picture.
  4. With a cast of mostly non-actors, the film seems rough-hewn, like something you'd find rusted along a road. But it's actually a sophisticated blend of crime thriller, coming-of-age story and social realism.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    True to its title, Schizo is both gripped by the past and pulled toward an unknown future.
  6. Working from a script cowritten with accomplished Siberian filmmaker Sergey Bodrov, the director creates a taut picture of a place, and a liberating moment of choice.
  7. Schizo offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.
  8. Ms. Omarova has a painter's eye for composition and a novelist's sense of character.
  9. 70
    It's a gripping, understated thriller with a solid emotional undercurrent that builds to an unexpectedly moving denouement.
  10. Schizo is an ugly name for a dark and lovely piece of work, but maybe that's the point. The world this film depicts can be a casually pitiless one, half modern and half tribal, but it can also offer compassion and beauty.

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