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
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 78% 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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Lauren Carroll Harris
The Big Issue (Australia)

When it ventures into the more abstract territory of its tortured protagonist's mind, the film is able to show how comedians can be unlikely heroes for serious causes, and how humour and imagination can survive the worst totalitarian attacks.

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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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Abby Olcese

If anyone questioned that a late-night host of a fake news show could make a compelling political drama, viewing Rosewater should put those doubts to rest.

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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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Nathan Heller

The story is good, and Stewart lays it out engagingly, with a sharp eye for pacing and a light touch on the diplomatic complexities involved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
"Rosewater" is well acted and constructed, but it lacks the emotional punch one would expect from the source material.
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.
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.
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