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: 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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Uri Klein

Stewart's comic genius fails to translate into film excellence in his first attempt as a writer and director.

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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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Ellin Stein
The Arts Desk

On the whole Rosewater is an auspicious debut, but I suspect it has taught Stewart that when it comes to movies, as opposed to journalism, a little blatant emotional manipulation is no bad thing.

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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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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

Competently crafted but seldom more than that, Rosewater shows that Stewart could probably make a living as a filmmaker if he so chose. But for now, I hope he keeps his daily-sorry, his day job.

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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