Ezra (2008)

A young ex-child soldier in Sierra Leone attempts to return to a normal life after the civil war which devastated his country.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 13, 2008
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Only intermittently effective despite its powerful subject matter.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Ezra is a scorching portrait of an African child who is kidnapped and turned into a soldier for a rebel militia.

Nora Lee Mandel

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

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

An intelligent, if raw, work.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Gene Seymour

Since the movie, however infuriating, is a plea for mercy, the audience is compelled to forgive Ezra its often jittery and confusing overlaps.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Benjamin Sutton
New York Press

A taut film detailing the psychological warfare used to control child soldiers who fill the ranks of rebel armies in Africa.

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