The Mauritanian

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Mauritanian takes a frustratingly generic approach to a real-life story that might have been inspirational in other hands, but Tahar Rahim's performance elevates the uneven material.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    So while Macdonald manages to come up with one of the most impressively brutal cut-to-black endings in recent memory, the rest of this feature cannot hope to match the power of his cast.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    The Mauritanian is effective in communicating the overall vibe a movie like this needs: the tension, the claustrophobia, and the increasingly pervasive sense that something is wrong here.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    The Mauritanian wants to be a fusion of Papillon and A Few Good Men, but it cannot work out whether it wants to make a purely emotive argument, or engage in a brutal cross-examination of the legal system.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    The Mauritanian is a bit of a throwback -- a solid, old-fashioned piece of entertainment, but not a great movie.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    Rahim is supplying soul and some interesting shades of gray to this portraiture. He's giving you a person in the middle of what often feels like a broad prestige-drama sketch.
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    Luckily, "The Mauritanian," directed by Kevin Macdonald, gets one thing very right: Tahar Rahim's masterful central performance.
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    Jim RossVague Visages
    The Mauritanian has a political edge and points to make, emphasising in polarised times that the constitutional aberration of Guantánamo cuts across the partisan divide.
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    Rubén RosarioMiamiArtZine
    An emotional payoff that Macdonald has quietly engineered. The cumulative effect catches you off guard, He's crafted a portrait of systemic injustice where the characters come before the politics.
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    Ricardo GallegosLa Estatuilla
    A powerful, captivating and expertly paced film whose biggest success is showing the overflowing humanity of a man that, despite it all, refused to give up hope.
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    Kevin CarrFat Guys at the Movies
    It's worth seeing... but it is lacking in terms of dramatic rising and falling and action and character development.
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