When We Leave
When We Leave (2011)

In awarding the film Best Narrative Feature Award, and Best Actress Award for Sibel Kekilli, the Tribeca Film Festival Narrative Jury said of the film: "WHEN WE LEAVE examines one woman's struggle for personal freedom. It is a… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: January 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"When We Leave" has a predetermined arc that almost chokes its life, but for frustrated witnesses to this passion play, Kekilli offers redemption.

Full review…
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Unfortunately, Aladag was not as nuanced in her approach as her star.

Full review…
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The movie is suffocated by its own grim determinism.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A powerhouse melodrama that feels didactic and manipulative even as it rips your heart out.

Full review…
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

There are some intense, moving sequences, but too much emotional badgering and a general shortage of finesse.

Full review…
Sarah Boslaugh

...an old-fashioned melodrama with all the heightened emotions and focus on the struggles of an almost saintly heroine that you would expect from a work in that genre.

Full review…
James Adams
Globe and Mail

The whole sad enterprise is watchable because of Kekilli.

Full review…
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Aside from its conclusion, "When We Leave'' is credible and well-observed.

Full review…
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix

What elevates When We Leave is the three-dimensional acting and the larger context.

Full review…
More reviews for When We Leave

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "When We Leave," Umay(Sibel Kekilli) suffers another beating from her husband Kemal(Ufuk Bayraktar) after she was caught lying about where she… More