Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    Gleaming like a well-polished magic lamp on a vibrant Persian rug, The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam showcases Arabian/Muslim culture at its best and brightest.
  2. 70
    There is nothing extraordinary about the filmmaking, but Mashayekh's old-fashioned commitment to his and co-writer Belle Avery's story creates an overall satisfying experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A vanity film refreshingly lacking in vanity.
  4. 63
    While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.
  5. The time-traveling is a little awkward, and a mawkish turn of events feels forced and unnecessary.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. GlennJ.
    Nov 13, 2005
    9
    For every parent who wants their child to know that our civilization was helped through the brilliance of others. For every teacher who wants For every parent who wants their child to know that our civilization was helped through the brilliance of others. For every teacher who wants their students to learn to respect other cultures. Full Review »
  2. DaryaT.
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    At the beginning I just followed my friends to support the independent film industry. After I watched it for the first time, I felt in love At the beginning I just followed my friends to support the independent film industry. After I watched it for the first time, I felt in love with the movie. I am a detail oriented person and love to watch movies, which keeps you busy to catch very small details and Kayvan packed it with so many details. After the show he added much more details to it by explaining about the cast and all the background thoughts, actions, struggles. This made me to go back twice to see the movie. For a film without Hollywood support, it was amazing to see such a perfection. To me Kayvan is a very talented young director and soon he will be very successful in his profession. I have a great respect for the people who are fighting for their passion! Thanks Kayvan & Co. You will have always my support! Full Review »
  3. EimanZ.
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    A very well made movie. I commend Mr. Mashayekh and his moviemakers for creating such a well made movie. For a director's first film, A very well made movie. I commend Mr. Mashayekh and his moviemakers for creating such a well made movie. For a director's first film, this was impressive. I hope there will be more to come. Full Review »