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I Am Not a Witch Reviews

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July 4, 2020
A captivating story with humour and profound sadness. [Full review in Spanish]
February 4, 2020
Maggie Mulubwa is near expressionless throughout and barely speaks, but this makes all the difference, her wide eyes doing all the talking for her.
July 2, 2019
Yes, the leashes that bind these women are imaginary. But they're tied to real-world suffering. ... This is not a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 31, 2019
For a first film, Ms. Nyoni not only shows intelligence in the way she addresses the topic, but also reinstates hope in the African cinema...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2019
In the debut of newcomer and previously untrained 9-year-old Maggie Mulubwa, the actress carries a sorrow that reads both weary and bone deep. She is compelling to watch and impossible to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 7, 2019
This story of an 8-year-old 'witch' literally tethered into servitude is both political exposé and political satire; the sense of sorrow and anger is enhanced by director Rungano Nyoni's artist's appreciation of the absurdity at the root of tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 30, 2018
Nyoni teases our assumptions of culpability. She paints portraits of implied mysticism with elegance and precision, slowing time and framing the girl as the center of the film's universe-not a witch, but a force to be reckoned with nevertheless.
October 26, 2018
The filmmaker has crafted a portrait of institutionalized chauvinism that's undeniably on point but so vicious that the laughs are few and far between. In other words, this is not a popcorn moviegoer's satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2018
Nyoni's film has narrative ambiguities but it's a striking debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2018
If you like things to be spelled out, this is not the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2018
An impressive debut from Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni who manages to keep the film balanced and entertaining with a heavy dose of satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 28, 2018
Nyoni's ability to craft such a multi-layered film and complex film is simply spellbinding.
September 28, 2018
Even if writer-director Rungano Nyoni's film were a lesser achievement - less unsettlingly complicated, less bitterly funny, less bluntly sad - it would still have the witch truck, one of the great cinematic images of this or any other year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2018
One of the year's very best films. A blast of absurdist outrage that's seriously funny until all of the sudden it's not anymore.
September 27, 2018
Not without humor, I Am Not a Witch ultimately rests on Shula's story, which builds toward a mournful and mysterious finale.
September 27, 2018
I Am Not a Witch is subtly satirical, taking care to underline the performative nature of the witchcraft accusations and banishings.
September 27, 2018
Nyoni presents one dazzling set piece after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 26, 2018
Packs a subtle gut punch by effortlessly mixing absurdist social critique and magical realism.
September 21, 2018
I Am Not a Witch, while suffused with a thread of dark humor, is a furious indictment of the way society continues to treat women and girls who do not fit neatly into the molds prescribed for them.
September 20, 2018
There is a lot to say about how the world mistreats women-strong women-and Nyoni's approach might seem very flimsy when approaching such a large tapestry, but in the end, her film is invigorating and provocative.
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