The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam Image
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  • Summary: This historical epic tells the story of a contemporary boy living in America who uncovers a secret connection to the Great Omar Khayyam, 11th Century Persian Mathematician, Astronomer, and Poet of the famous "Rubaiyat."
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. The time-traveling is a little awkward, and a mawkish turn of events feels forced and unnecessary.
  4. 50
    Though the story hardly lacks for event as it traces Khayyam's ascension from the peasantry to the royal court, the period costumes and sets look to be on loan from Medieval Times, as do most of the actors, and the boxy, harshly lit compositions make everything feel even more cardboard.
  5. 40
    The wraparound storyline is unnecessary and continually interrupts the vastly more interesting story of Khayyam's history.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    Lofty ambitions and unaffected sincerity are not quite enough to sustain The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, a reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
  7. 25
    The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8