Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Truly magnificent.
  2. Poignant though it is, the movie is the opposite of depressing. There is too much life in it.
  3. Haroun is deft at handling the joys and pain of childhood. He neither condescends nor ­­over-sentimentalizes. It is a story of separation anxiety (for Amine) and coming of age (for Tahir) and it's universal.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Haroun and cinematographer Abraham Haile Biru carefully frame their characters with a painterly elegance that is at times truly startling.
  5. 70
    Abouna starkly defines the masculine and feminine influence in raising children, and what happens when they're not so complementary.
  6. By way of a tragic left hook, Haroun's relaxed movie climaxes back where it began, on the devastated home ground. The journey, however pessimistic, is like a gentle handshake.
  7. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    Haroun's film is both touching and, ultimately, almost perversely optimistic.
  8. The story of the film is a quiet local tale; the directing is sophisticated.
  9. 70
    Understated but affecting.
  10. 50
    This modest little film out of Africa suffers from largely rudderless direction, relying for any sense of profundity on the breathtaking beauty of Abraham Haile Biru's cinematography.

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