Wadjda (2013)

WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Transgressive in the best possible way, Wadjda presents a startlingly assured new voice from a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The most radical and cheering message of Wadjda is that a change isn't just possible, but inevitable.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A sweet little film about the human spirit, about want and energy and determination against unfair odds.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

A cinematic gem, Wadjda is a movie that combines pointed political and social commentary, wonderful performances and an extraordinarily charming young heroine you can root for.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

"Wadjda" earns extra points just for being what it is. Who knew that, in a country that famously frowns on women driving cars, some are even allowed to make movies?

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

In Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour's winsome wonder Wadjda, a young girl's aspirations provide an intimate glimpse into the possibilities and limitations of a cloaked culture.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned yet terminally uneven endeavor...

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa Al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

More than a critique of Saudi society, "Wadjda" offers a character with universal resonance and appeal.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

There are important films and there are good films, and the two do not necessarily always overlap. Wadjda is both important and very, very good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Wadjda is not only a surprising milestone for being the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and made by a female director, but is above all a marvelous… More
Saskia D.
A powerful Saudi feel good movie about a conservative culture in motion. Definitely my favorite movie at the mini-version of the Rotterdam Film Festival in my… More
Spencer S.
The first film to be entirely filmed in Saudi Arabia, by a female director at that, Wadjda is a human story about the emotional burdens of life in the Middle… More
Nadira Irdiana
'Wadjda', a film that was created by Saudi Arabia's first woman director Haifaa al-Mansour, is about challenging traditions and pushing… More
Mark Hobin
Writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour does the impossible. She has produced a film in a country with no film industry to speak of. Add that she is female in a… More
Glenn Gaylord
Taking her cues from THE BICYCLE THIEF, writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansour brings us WADJDA, a movie of firsts. It's the first feature film shot entirely in… More