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I Am Not a Witch Reviews

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March 31, 2020
While there's novelty and promise to Nyoni's little-girl-trapped tale, it tumbles into incoherence too early to merit endorsement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2018
The disjointed, episodic pace makes it an off-putting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 8, 2018
A film that badly misrepresents what happens to women accused of witchcraft in Zambia in a bid to exploit the film festival/art house circuits.
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.
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
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 18, 2018
There are a plethora of elements in I Am Not A Witch that will leave the viewer both intrigued and baffled. Simultaneously mystical, nightmarish, and folkloric, I Am Not A Witch is a provocative allegory for contemporary womanhood and the female body.
October 17, 2018
Nyoni's film has narrative ambiguities but it's a striking debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2018
A farcical examination of sexism and superstition, I Am Not a Witch is a strong first feature, mostly successful in its satire but falling a little flat in its final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2018
Overall, I Am Not A Witch is a perverse, absurd and funny snapshot of life in rural Africa which leaves a very profound afterthought on the treatment of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
August 6, 2018
I Am Not a Witch, the brilliant feature debut of Zambian-Welsh writer and director Rungano Nyoni, is a satire with the haunting, surreal sensibility of a fairy tale.
September 3, 2018
It finds that rare nexus of the comic and the tragic, underlining the absurdity of a terrible situation without demeaning those who have been harmed by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 18, 2018
A Superb Film From A Prodigious New Talent
October 19, 2017
Exhilarating, humorous yet still disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
April 13, 2018
Superstition and good, old-fashioned subjugation are the driving forces in I Am Not a Witch, a film that can be surprisingly rousing and entertaining given its extraordinarily grim-sounding subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 11, 2018
If you like things to be spelled out, this is not the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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