(2009)

Critic Reviews

78

Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A remarkable documentary.
100
One of the most hopeful and heart-rending movies I've seen this year.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Wholly one-third of the country, some 11 million people, watched the finale. Marking's film is too astute to pretend that such fleeting things can bring about peaceful democracy, but it's also perfectly aware that they certainly can't hurt.
80
An inspiring, fun documentary.
75
Miami Herald
Focusing on the contestants who make the initial cut -- two men and two women -- the film can't resist wringing some American Idol-style suspense from speculation about who the eventual victor will be. But the movie also leaves no doubt as to who the real winners are.
75
The show works pretty much the same as "Idol" does, with Afghans voting by cellphone for their favorite performers. But this is Afghanistan, where the Taliban still has power, not America.
75
The movie documents much more than a talent competition -- it documents a political movement.
75
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Of all the films to come out the conflict, Afghan Star is the most provocative, because its message that people are essentially the same is a dubious, double-edge sword.
67
One of the more surreal docs to come down the pike in some time.
60
Fascinating and, when you see Afghan versions of Simon Cowell and Co. reacting to tryouts, a reminder of how fame and the thirst for it is the same in any language.

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