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In Theaters November 14 (20 days)
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 Show" host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stewart is patient and deferential. He has an inspired editor and a good cinematographer. But the film is leaden with earnestness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Stewart and cinematographer Bobby Bukowski cover it all in a straightforward, watchable way, the performances are all sincere and solid and the situation is easy to respond to emotionally."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Unfortunately for Stewart, the problem with movies is that while the story is unimpeachable, films are judged on the quality of the direction and entertainment value -- and in both these departments he falls short."
‑ Kaleem Aftab, Independent
"The film celebrates Bahari emerging rattled though mostly unscathed, but I couldn't help but feel only dread for that man taking his place."
‑ Jake Cole, Slant Magazine
"One of the most incisive movies about the post-9/11 world ever made."
‑ Owen Gleiberman,
""Rosewater" marks the debut of a director whose brains and guts are the equal or the better of his eye and heart ..."
‑ James Rocchi,
"The tone shifts between being profound and affecting, to farcical and slapstick - and we lose sight of the severity of the issues at hand."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"There's not enough danger, discovery or significance to Rosewater, but as a historical document it's substantive."
‑ Matt Patches, IGN Movies
"Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater, is an inspiring, unexpectedly funny re-telling of journalist Maziar Bahari's 118 day imprisonment by the Iranian government."
‑ Zachary Shevich, We Got This Covered
"A perfectly good but utterly unremarkable drama that wouldn't garner much attention if it weren't the directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Complex
"A solid, powerfully acted political drama about human endurance in the face of ideological oppression."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"The result suggests the education of a committed satirist in the art of storytelling."
‑ Michelle Orange,
"If Rosewater has a moral, it is a liberal one."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"A good story imperfectly told, Jon Stewart's directorial debut is equal parts impressive and sort of boring."
‑ Vincent Mancini, FilmDrunk
"Stewart's passion for the project comes out in almost every frame of film. While not quite the masterpiece I was perhaps unfairly hoping for, this directorial debut from one of the great comedic minds of this era is still something well worth seeking out."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
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