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Metascore
43

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  • Summary: After surviving the horrors of the Armenian genocide, Nazareth Manoogian (Tahar Rahim) hears that his two daughters are also still alive. He becomes obsessed with finding them and sets off to track them down. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the prairies of North Dakota. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Sep 12, 2014
    60
    It’s a big, ambitious, continent-spanning piece of work, concerned to show the Armenian horror was absorbed into the bloodstream of immigrant-descended population in the United States, but it is a little simplistic emotionally.
  2. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    Sep 12, 2014
    60
    A well-behaved and unashamedly populist film, the kind that could be shown in schools and community centres, Akin's The Cut remains an undeniably important film regardless. What it does extremely well is to movingly illustrate a terrible moment in history which has been sadly neglected in the West and actively suppressed in other parts of the world.
  3. Reviewed by: Kaleem Aftab
    Sep 12, 2014
    58
    Akin ultimately fails to make the material work, especially in the second half of the film, when it develops into a disappointing adventure story.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Sep 12, 2014
    50
    Rahim has a great face but isn’t given enough opportunity to make it clear to audiences what his character is going through beyond the most basic emotions.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Sep 12, 2014
    42
    The story is bloated and episodic (the film's 2h 18m length doesn't help the pacing), and remarkably unengaging for what should be emotionally epic.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Sep 12, 2014
    40
    The script, co-written by vet Mardik Martin, is pedestrian, and the mise-en-scene, striving hard for a classic Hollywood look, lacks grandeur, notwithstanding impressive location work.
  7. Reviewed by: Catherine Bray
    Sep 12, 2014
    16
    There isn't a sense in the film of this tragedy as a systematic, organized atrocity affecting millions.