The Mauritanian

audience Reviews

, 84% Audience Score
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Great, true story. Jodie Foster fantastic,as always! Shows HOW POWERFUL AND DECIETFUL our government really is - sometimes for the better, sometimes for the not so better.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    This meticulously detailed account of the erroneous 14-year Gitmo incarceration of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was falsely accused of being the chief recruiter for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, exposes the sloppy, exasperating investigative tactics of a government more concerned with convicting someone than serving justice and finding the truth. Director Kevin Macdonald's thorough treatment of the subject clearly reflects his scrupulous proficiency as a predominantly documentarian filmmaker, exposing the cruelty of officially sanctioned interrogation atrocities and recognizing the efforts of both government and legal crusaders who fought to bring them to light. As noble as that intent is, and as infuriating as the film's reprehensible revelations are, however, "The Mauritanian" is a little too "clinical" and a bit overlong, periodically becoming mired in excessive legal wrangling that waters down the emotional impact of the narrative. Some judicious editing and a less conventional approach to the material would have strengthened this offering, making its story and insights more compelling. To its credit, the film does make its point, and its superb performances by Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster are worthy of all their accolades, including two deserved Golden Globe nominations. However, for all its precision and concern for detail, the picture fails to evoke the kind of rapt engagement from viewers that material like this should strive for. A credible attempt for sure, but one that, with some retooling, could have been better.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The Mauritanian makes up for its choppy direction with an interesting true story and strong performances. Tahar Rahim was great, and definitely my favorite part of the film. Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch were also solid in their respective roles. The story behind this film is a powerful one and an important one to tell. I do with the way this film told the story was better. The film has three plot lines, and doesn’t know how to balance them. The edits between them are sometimes choppy. They also vary in how interesting they are. Anything with Rahim was compelling, but anything with Cumberbatch’s character just felt boring. The film is also too long and suffers from pacing issues. The film has a strong ending, and I did enjoy how the film used aspect ratio. Overall, this was flawed but I liked it. If you can get over it’s slow pace and choppy storytelling you can see the powerful story behind it. This could’ve been greatly but instead it’s just fine.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    The good perfomances of 'The Mauritanian' don't help the mixed bag of a project it turns out to be. (5/10)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I found this movie captivating and eye opening, to say the very least. Frightening to some degree on many levels. You know when Jodie Foster is in a movie, it will be great.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Loved this movie !!! Thought it was going to be a dead because of the name but it is an excellent movie!!Five stars
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Great movie, excellent acting.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I’m pretty sure this movie isn’t for everyone. The need to protect the Constitution comes across loud and clear. Trump supporters that support fascism won’t get it. The voice of freedom stands above all else. If you don’t like what is going on in the country then do something about it but don’t give up your rights to a dictator. Great movie and message.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Excellent movie. A real insight into human rights violations that the US sanctioned at Guantanamo Bay and the eternal hope of the human spirit against incredible odds.