Rosewater (2014)

Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival," written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of "The Daily… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart.

Esther Breger
The New Republic

The main question Rosewater grapples with is whether Stewart can hack it as a filmmaker. The answer: sort of?

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James Berardinelli

This is Jon Stewart's directorial debut; the talk show comedian has a handle on the material and conveys it clearly.

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner

Even though the Daily Show host shouldn't give up his day job as a result of this debut, he hits more than misses in a film about one man's trials and the risky, crucial work journalists do.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Rosewater certainly has merit as an act of atonement on Stewart's part and a tribute to people like Bahari... In the end, however, the movie needs to stand on its own, apart from its noble intentions and the popularity of its writer-director.

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Bob Mondello

Rosewater ... has an urgency that's all about the storytelling smarts of its first-time writer-director.

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Gary Dowell
Dark Horizons

Taking the path of least resistance, the result is a missed opportunity, a lightweight approach to some very heavy material.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The hard-focus clarity of the images (Bobby Bukowski did the cinematography) leads to an intimacy with anguish that passes into expressionism.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Stewart does a credible job of maintaining the story's immediacy, but I must say I felt relieved that the film wasn't a masterpiece. If it was, we'd have more reason to fear Stewart will leave The Daily Show.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

It sometimes feels like Stewart is afraid to immerse us in the true horror of Bahari's isolation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Aaron Neuwirth
Maziar Bahari: Sir, can you tell me why I'm here? Circumstances surrounding a film can often impact the thoughts one has, when attempting to… More
Jeff Boam
A timely tale of bravery bravely told, Rosewater's stylish tics and unbreakable sense of humor smell sweet even while charting some familiar waters. The… More
Julie B
A solid but not deeply moving recounting of the events. I'd keep an eye on this Jon Stewart guy, I think he's going places.
Walter M.
About ten years ago, I met a couple of French tourists who saw Jon Stewart buying diapers at a pharmacy. Now, the thing was, they knew he was famous but not… More