(2010)

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80
As Bhutto, the thorough and involving documentary on her life conveys, Benazir was a formidable personality all by herself.
80
Rather than treat its subject as the sort of martyr to democracy that makes good copy in the West, Bhutto digs deeper.
75
People called the Bhuttos "The Kennedys of Pakistan" and, in a parallel with our losses, the Pakistanis suffered the untimely deaths of Benazir, her father, and her two brothers.
75
Baughman and O'Hara's documentary spews out so much information in just 111 minutes that the movie would have benefited from a longer run time and tighter focus.
75
Boasting a rock-solid academic architecture, Bhutto is a film bursting at the seams with gravitas.
70
Bhutto is smart and thorough on the inflamed history of Pakistan. But as a portrait of the first woman elected head of state in an Islamic nation, it comes closer to hero-worship than to considered biography.
70
Bhutto's story is an epic one, and Hernandez and O'Hara prove up to the task.
70
Village Voice
Contextualizing the prime minister's rise to power within a larger portrait of a nation under constant internal and external siege, Bhutto conveys a forceful sense of tectonic social and geopolitical shifts, as well as the courageous, heartbreaking personal sacrifices its subject made in service to both her homeland and ideals.
63
Part biography, part idol worship, Bhutto is a bullet train through South Asia, chronicling its subject's 54 years, a period of unrest in her nation and family.
60
It's a fascinating story, and too epic to be contained here. But the directors certainly capture our interest, even as they leave us wanting to know more.

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