Ezra
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A young ex-child soldier in Sierra Leone attempts to return to a normal life after the civil war which devastated his country.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Only intermittently effective despite its powerful subject matter."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Ezra is a scorching portrait of an African child who is kidnapped and turned into a soldier for a rebel militia."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Less a catalog of horrors than how a child soldier and his community can pick up the pieces after war, with fictionalized sentimentality, but powerful and passionate"
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Newton I. Aduaka's comprehensive account of an African nightmare covers a lot of important ground, making this flawed film worth seeing."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"'Ezra' moves, and is smart enough not to endorse empty enthusiasms or slogans."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"An intelligent, if raw, work."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Clear-eyed and without aiming for the emotional jugular, Ezra goes well beyond geography, politics and ethnicity... to explore the psychological toll on young people caught in violent situations not of their making and beyond their understanding."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Despite some strategic errors, director Newton I. Aduaka uses documentary techniques to inform a challenging and disturbing subject."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The script's flip-flopping between the past and present is so clunky and unfocused that confusion often reigns, thus undermining any clear portrait of its subject."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Since the movie, however infuriating, is a plea for mercy, the audience is compelled to forgive Ezra its often jittery and confusing overlaps."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"The film is awash with good intentions, and the actual atrocities are vividly depicted and chilling... but the film loses its momentum when it attempts to analyze the evils of poverty, anarchy and violence."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A taut film detailing the psychological warfare used to control child soldiers who fill the ranks of rebel armies in Africa."
‑ Benjamin Sutton, New York Press
"borders on being something immensely powerful, and then, as if shy or ashamed of its promise, flips its wig and falls back on convention."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
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