Shiza (2005)

An author who specializes in conspiracy theories finds his sanity slipping following the death of his mother. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stark and moving coming-of-age tale and crime thriller, Schizo gives viewers a peek into the lives of Kazakhstan's poor.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

An unflinching look at poverty, expedience and harsh choices in a desolate environment.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Nusuppaev simply isn't skilled enough to bring us along on Schizo's journey, and Omarova's sense of pace is uneven.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Omarova's thoughtful offering is not so much a visual triptych of the country but a human portrait of youthful purpose in the face of fisted danger.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A stark illustration of a cold, hard world, and a sensitive look at a kid wanting a way out.

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

As admirable as some of the film might be, it's ultimately too sluggish and dreary to be very memorable.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

It takes patience to get into this movie, but it does pay off.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Offers not just the proverbial window into village life in Kazakhstan, but a panoramic view.

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David Chute
L.A. Weekly

An earnest also-ran.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The exotic setting and the starkness with which the young man's story is told--along with Nusuppaev's muted charisma--help it transcend the narrative commonplaces.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Dimitris Springer
Harsh and realistically squashed by Omarova.No,Schizo is not the common peasant on a small town nor the bully against authority.It's a sweet debut despite… More