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  • Summary: In June 2009, Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the pollsIn June 2009, Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police and was tortured and interrogate over the next 118 days. [Open Road Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 11, 2014
    90
    Rosewater is an earnest picture, but it's also got some juice — there's vitality and feeling in it, the secret ingredients so often missing from even the most well-intentioned first features.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 11, 2014
    80
    Like The Daily Show, Rosewater makes uncomfortable political realities into wry but uproarious jokes.
  3. 75
    Rosewater was the name Bahari gave his persecutor (Kim Bodnia), a cunning, perfumed older man charged with getting a confession from this Westernized Iranian, a confession that discredits his reporting and the bad light Iran is in since the election, with its ensuing violent government crackdown on protesters.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Nov 14, 2014
    75
    "Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove" is a line that could raise the spirit of any political prisoner, and Stewart's message -- that journalists risk their lives in pursuit of the truth every day around the world -- couldn't be timelier or more heartfelt.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 14, 2014
    67
    I must say I felt relieved that the film wasn’t a masterpiece. If it was, we’d have more reason to fear Stewart will leave "The Daily Show.”
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 13, 2014
    60
    Stewart acquits himself solidly, though not thrillingly, as a beginning director, doing especially well in the film's involving central section dealing with Bahari's time in prison, where the filmmaking is as compelling as the feature's intentions are admirable.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 12, 2014
    38
    Jon Stewart’s filmmaking debut Rosewater has much in common with “The Daily Show” — it’s blaringly obvious, it’s naive, it plays to the cheap seats and it’s enamored with cheap jokes.

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  1. Feb 15, 2015
    10
    Stunning bit of film making. Stewart demonstrates sensitivity and humanity, portraying every character with empathy and depth. There are noStunning bit of film making. Stewart demonstrates sensitivity and humanity, portraying every character with empathy and depth. There are no bad guys here –– this is beautifully aware writing and directing. In spite of it all, I found myself delighted with the Iranian spirit and wanting to go there and meet those brave, resilient people.
    And Jon, please keep writing and directing!
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  2. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    Jon Stewart kills it with his directing debut. Excellent story line, acting, and over all film. I think New York Post is just trying to getJon Stewart kills it with his directing debut. Excellent story line, acting, and over all film. I think New York Post is just trying to get back at Stewart for years of him taking jabs at their rag of a newspaper. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2014
    9
    Jon Stewart's debut feature is a knockout piece of filmmaking, one that tells a riveting story without becoming cliched or preachy yetJon Stewart's debut feature is a knockout piece of filmmaking, one that tells a riveting story without becoming cliched or preachy yet undeniably gets its point across, often with surprising wit and nuance. Gael Garcia Bernal adds another impressive showing to his growing resume of underrated performances. This picture is easily one of the year's most pleasant surprises and shows Stewart is off to a great start as a writer-director. Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    Maziar Bahari is best know for his appearance on "The Daily Show" that got him arrested and placed into solitary in his home country of Iran.Maziar Bahari is best know for his appearance on "The Daily Show" that got him arrested and placed into solitary in his home country of Iran. Jon Stewart wrote/directed this film featuring Gael García Bernal and he did a pretty good job. The basic structure is solid and there are creative touches that show a sound understanding of the medium. It's an effectively told story, but lacks the emotional punch that would have given the days in solitary more impact. Still, it's an interesting story and a promising first effort that includes an earnest message about the freedom of speech and plight of political prisoners. Expand

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