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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. MishaH.
    May 29, 2003
    8
    A great movie!
  2. ChadS.
    Jul 24, 2003
    8
    "Marooned in Iraq" would benefit greatly by a rethinking of the subtitles. The translator makes these characters sound like simpletons. There are also gaps where no translation is provided. This distraction, however, can't undercut the awesome images of displaced refugees playing "Survivor" for real. The attempts at comedy are a little strained, but the attempts at joy aren't. "Marooned in Iraq" would benefit greatly by a rethinking of the subtitles. The translator makes these characters sound like simpletons. There are also gaps where no translation is provided. This distraction, however, can't undercut the awesome images of displaced refugees playing "Survivor" for real. The attempts at comedy are a little strained, but the attempts at joy aren't. Happy music is played by the travelin' band to interject some momentary happiness into the lives of some Kurdish orphans. For a little while, they can embrace a beautiful lie before returning to the soundtrack of their lives. A funeral dirge. Expand
  3. HasanD.
    Sep 28, 2003
    10
    Great emotional movie...does not take political stand just expresses the facts in the masscare of Iraqi Kurds while giving images of the lively Kurdish images amid genocide,deaths and harsh weather conditions...definitely must see.....
  4. AbuS.
    Jul 18, 2003
    7
    This movie is full of lies but I liked it.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 88
    As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
  2. 90
    If Mr. Ghobadi's dominant theme is the devastation of the Kurds, his subdominant tone is one of strength, resistance and fertility.
  3. 75
    Eventually turns somber, with stark depiction of mass graves and suffering refugees. The final scene will break your heart.