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: February 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 77% 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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Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly

Despite a few stylistic flourishes, the production is an earnest and straightforward account of what happened, with moments of naturalistic humor based on some major miscommunication.

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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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Alistair Harkness

Stewart proves himself an adept visual stylist here, using simple techniques such as lighting scenes using the glow of a laptop screen to reflect the darkness that comes from being physically cut off from the people Bahari cares about the most.

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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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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

The story is engrossing and enraging, and Stewart takes care to remind us that the real victims of oppressive regimes are those who live with them on a daily basis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The story of Maziar Bahari's imprisonment begins in 2009 when Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones went to the politically torn country of Iran, to… More
Byron Brubaker
Won the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award. Disappointing that writer-director-producer Jon Stewart didn't get more recognition for his… More
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
Walter M.
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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.
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