(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 10 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
The movie takes on the quality of a first-rate detective story.
70
L.A. Weekly
This debut feature from writer-director Shonali Bose has a powerful finale, in which the filmmaker uses imaginative camera angles and a vibrant sound design to re-create the turmoil and terror of the riots.
70
Los Angeles Times
Despite the overt message and Manichean universe it pushes, Amu manages some memorable cinematic moments while getting the word out for its cause.
63
As writer, director and producer, Bose has taken on more than she can handle - a fact increasingly obvious each time she stumbles over political themes. But she has a genuine gift for atmosphere, making the many wordless scenes, in teeming streets and on crowded trains, the movie's best.
63
Compelling on a personal level.
60
Variety
Admirably idealistic but dramatically awkward.
50
Chicago Reader
In Shonali Bose's tightly constructed debut feature... the slaughter of thousands of Sikhs during the riots sparked by Indira Ghandi's assassination take on greater personal significance.
50
Village Voice
Too bad first-time writer-director Shonali Bose's juxtaposition of the personal and the political often feels forced, and like many didactic history lessons, this one's about 20 minutes too long.
42
The A.V. Club
The flat, pat talk is symptomatic of Amu's overriding problem: It has no sense of personal style.
38
New York Post
Fails to grab the imagination as it unfolds in familiar TV-movie fashion.

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