Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual.
  2. 90
    Easily one of the finest pictures of 2003 or any other year.
  3. 75
    For all its tumult, The Clay Bird mostly concentrates on its likable characters, all acted with the kind of understatement that makes a good film better.
  4. From folk festivals to political rallies, Masud never overlooks the cultural and emotional elements of a country at a crossroads.
  5. 75
    The intolerance and inflexibility that marked the Taliban's brutal rule takes a solid hit in this lovely import from Bangladesh.
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Shapiro
    It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse. It's a film of many themes.
  7. The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables. It's both obvious and elusive and, historical specifics aside, almost timeless.
  8. Ultimately stronger on characterization and atmosphere than narrative. But its portrait of a society torn apart by, among other things, religious fundamentalism, is all too currently resonant.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film draws careful parallels between orthodoxies and in his own quiet way, Masud, a devout Muslim, level his critique at repressive political regimes and religious doctrines, and those who dangerously confuse one with the other.
  10. Reviewed by: Elliott Stein
    The film's critique of Islam is offered without rancor, and it's evident that Masud loves all his characters, whatever their viewpoints.
  11. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
  12. 70
    The power of this quiet little film lies in the lyricism of its images of life on Bangladesh's waterways and in its towns...and in the naturalistic performances from its cast of mostly nonprofessional actors.
  13. Strikes several beautiful and lingering chords about the human condition, but the notes of the music ultimately never come together to form a coherent song.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 8, 2013
    wow one of the greatest movie i ever has some real live things that happen in poor countries in old days.Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual. Full Review »
  2. SaberaA.
    Apr 8, 2006
    Brilliant! Very relevant even now, especially in todays political climate. One of the best Bengali language films since Days and Nights in the Forest. I love this film because it felt real and reminds me of stories my dad use to tell me when he as a young student during the sixties in Bangladesh. Full Review »