Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 88
    Brave dissenting Islamic filmmakers are risking their lives to tell the story of the persecution of women, and it is a story worth knowing, and mourning.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Osama works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.
  3. Superb performances from a nonprofessional cast. It's gripping, timely, and revealing.
  4. The movie is a rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
  5. It's a feminist nightmare, the world brought to life -- in hard-hitting documentary style.
  6. 89
    Osama begins in fear and ends in terror. In between there's all manner of hopelessness, deprivation, and death, which is to say that as the first film to come out of a post-Taliban Afghanistan, it's practically a documentary.
  7. Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.
  8. 91
    Gorgeous and saddening, Osama makes the human-scale claim for the overthrow of governments ruled by the iron hand of religious fundamentalism far more persuasively than any of the rhetoric coming out of the White House or No. 10 Downing St.
  9. Osama's unvarnished vulnerability, along with the director's combination of tough-mindedness and lyricism, prevents the movie from becoming at all sentimental; instead, it is beautiful, thoughtful and almost unbearably sad.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
  11. 100
    The movie is an outright miracle. [8 March 2004, p. 92]
  12. We are certainly entitled to marvel at its very existence, but that isn't enough. The work itself is extraordinary.
  13. A heartbreaking, powerful drama.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mud
    Sep 10, 2007
    0
    women used to experience safety and freedom in the time of taliban and the regime was not6 evil as being presented in the western media to women used to experience safety and freedom in the time of taliban and the regime was not6 evil as being presented in the western media to justify the killing of innocent people in Afghanistan by America after they themselves conducted the twin tower blasts see loose change to know the truth. Full Review »