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He Named Me Malala (2015)



Critic Consensus: He Named Me Malala spotlights a worthy subject, but without the focus her story deserves.

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HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends' school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. (C) Fox Searchlight

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It's a shame that Guggenheim's slickly produced documentary examines such an important and fascinating story with such underwhelming results.

December 30, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The easy intimacy of the family dynamic is the film's big revelation.

November 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This cagey documentary portrait fails to do justice to its inspiring subject, Malala Yousafzai.

November 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Malala Yousafzai is a truly inspirational figure, a teenager who won the Nobel Peace Prize while still studying for her GCSEs in Birmingham, but she isn't especially well-served by Davis Guggenheim's reverential documentary about her.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The validity of her vital crusade - and by extension, the film's practically short-circuit appeal to your heart and gut - is tough to argue with.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Guggenheim's film is inspiring.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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With such an interesting story and topic, a real life heroine, this documentary falls a little flat. It fails to tackle the real questions about what happened and focuses on the same information we already know. It is still thought provokimg and Malala is very brave and an inspiration but it could have been better.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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