The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

A pair of young men living in the 21st century relive the tales of one of their ancient forbearers in this historical drama. Kamran (Adam Echahly) is a 12-year-old boy of Iranian heritage whose older brother, Nader (Puya Behinaein), is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
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Drew Tillman
Village Voice

[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.

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Dana Stevens
New York Times

The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.

John Anderson

Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.

Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The director approaches the enormity of his task with an earnest enthusiasm, offering a likable alternative to the assembly-line banality of so many family films.

Joe Leydon

A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.