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BHUTTO is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It's the story of the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation: Pakistan. Newsweek called it the most dangerous place in the world, and the home of nuclear war heads and the Taliban. Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy landowning family that became Pakistan's dominant political dynasty. Often referred to as the "Kennedys of Pakistan," the Bhuttos share a painful history of triumph and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"While their subject is fascinating and her nation's role in propping up the Taliban has had repercussions from New York to India, the filmmakers don't find a straightforward way to tell Bhutto's story."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"While the film gives us a strong sense of Bhutto's personality and strength, can only suggest the daily family and political machinations that were her reality, and leaves no clear sense of the truth of the corruption charges that dogged her."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"...the subjects of this documentary are incredibly complex and the film covers them at a hurried pace..."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"If you know only sketchy details about her life, as I did, it's a great introduction. But if you want more than that, you'll have to look elsewhere."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Succeeds beautifully as a kind of protracted CNN-style elegy: All the key points are alighted upon and no sensitive buttons are fingered."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"An exhaustive, if sometimes exhausting, look at a larger-than-life figure."
‑ , Washington Post
"Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"a trenchant precis on global politics played out on very personal level"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"If screenwriters dared to put a woman through the ordeals that Benazir Bhutto faced, half the audience would refuse to believe it."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A bit of a glossy perspective on Benazir Bhutto but a vital and frank portrayal of Pakistan as an emerging world power."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"At one point, Bhutto says she wants to avenge her father's death. "Bhutto'' proves she did."
‑ Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
"O'Hara's doc not only recounts the leader's life and career; it also offers a fascinating look back at the history of her troubled nation, wisely placing its current political volatility in an easily graspable context."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"Filmmakers Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara present a stirring biographical documentary about Benazir Bhutto, one of history's most fascinating and tragic political leaders."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"A complete and compelling portrait of a woman determined to defy the odds and become a true leader in the Muslim world."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Even with the glorification of Benazir Bhutto as a martyr to democracy, the personalizing of . . . this tinderbox helps make Pakistan's . . .politics more comprehensible."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
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