The Mauritanian

critic Reviews

, 72% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Mauritanian takes a frustratingly generic approach to a real-life story that might have been inspirational in other hands, but Tahar Rahim's performance elevates the uneven material.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    So while Macdonald manages to come up with one of the most impressively brutal cut-to-black endings in recent memory, the rest of this feature cannot hope to match the power of his cast.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    The Mauritanian is effective in communicating the overall vibe a movie like this needs: the tension, the claustrophobia, and the increasingly pervasive sense that something is wrong here.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    The Mauritanian wants to be a fusion of Papillon and A Few Good Men, but it cannot work out whether it wants to make a purely emotive argument, or engage in a brutal cross-examination of the legal system.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    The Mauritanian is a bit of a throwback -- a solid, old-fashioned piece of entertainment, but not a great movie.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    Rahim is supplying soul and some interesting shades of gray to this portraiture. He's giving you a person in the middle of what often feels like a broad prestige-drama sketch.
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    Luckily, "The Mauritanian," directed by Kevin Macdonald, gets one thing very right: Tahar Rahim's masterful central performance.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    This powerful film's true story unfolds in a way that digs much deeper than the political issues involved, taking a personal look at the moral imperative to seek the truth.
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    Jim SlotekOriginal Cin
    Foster and Cumberbatch's legal wrangling gives the film the tone of a network procedural series, but the precious few scenes of Rahim as Slahi make things compelling.
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    Pat MullenThat Shelf
    Rahim obviously gets a bravura monologue in the film's final moments of unabashed soapboxing, yet Foster ultimately emerges as The Mauritanian's secret weapon.
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    JimmyOJoBlo's Movie Network
    There is much to appreciate here, but it's the two leads and the intriguing story that make it worth seeking out.
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