(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
This was for me the best film at Cannes 2004, a story vibrating with urgency and life. It makes a powerful statement and at the same time contains humor, charm and astonishing visual beauty.
100
Entertainment Weekly
The result: This great work of art has the potential to change the world.
100
It's worth stressing how deeply pleasurable Moolaad is to watch.
100
Chicago Tribune
A beautiful picture with a great heart, a classic-to-be with a common touch.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Once in a rare while a film comes along that is boldly original, communicates an important idea in an elegantly simple fashion and happens to be highly entertaining. Such is the case with Moolaadé.
100
This sometimes harrowing, often delightful drama stands with his (Sembène) most compassionate, colorful, and artfully filmed works.
90
There's such a rich sense of the fullness of life in Moolaadé that it sustains those passages that are truly and necessarily harrowing.
88
New York Daily News
It's a deceptively simple tale that tackles, serenely and with surprising humor, issues of gender, power, custom and change.
88
ReelViews
Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
75
Not always pleasant to watch.
75
New York Post
A rousing indictment of a barbaric practice.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
As drama the film mostly serves to illustrate the two sides of this crucial social debate in Africa.

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