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Mustang Reviews

December 27, 2016
I won't tell you how it ends. I will say you should see for yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2016
There are so many remarkable things about this wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2016
Erguven is wisely determined to avoid any hint of melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2016
Even in its darker moments (death, domestic abuse, a humiliating hymeneal exam), Ergüven contrives to make her subject-matter uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2016
Mustang is incendiary and intimate, enraging and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2016
Raw, funny and incredibly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2016
The giddy abandon of youthful pleasures are writ large across blissed-out faces and fast mouths. The story moves at speed, with Ergüven constantly resisting the temptation to pause and wring sentiment from a dramatic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2016
The story isn't particularly original, but Mustang's achievement is to criticize a society that sexualizes everything women do while still celebrating the girls' sexuality.
January 21, 2016
Ergüven isn't peddling blind optimism so much as a realism animated by the belief that freedom-far from being inevitable-must be fought for. That it will be fought for.
January 15, 2016
That there are five sisters allows Erguven to explore the scenario's several possible outcomes, be it happy ending or tragedy or the bittersweet fates in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 15, 2016
Ergüven's film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 14, 2016
Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men - and on what they look like when no one's looking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 14, 2016
Ergüven and cowriter Alice Winocour have a keen understanding of teenage impetuosity and adult cruelty.
January 14, 2016
Among Erguven's finest achievements with "Mustang" is casting such mesmerizing actresses to play characters who would be just as at home in a Chekhov production or an Instagram-worthy fashion shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 14, 2016
The issues at play in "Mustang" are gravely serious but the tone and rhythm is brisk, headlong and intelligently lively, like the women at the center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 31, 2015
"Mustang" puts its cultural stamp on a story gripping in its ageless universality and gutting in its modern urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2015
It is surprisingly nuanced and even something of an adventure tale about a fight for freedom and identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2015
It's a moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit.
December 29, 2015
[A] beautiful, harrowing film.
December 29, 2015
You root for these characters all the way.
December 24, 2015
The impressive film not only underscores the clash between traditional and modern values, but also provides inspiration for deciding your own fate, even when the world seemingly doesn't give you a choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2015
Mustang offers some nearly surreal looks into a culture fixated on virginity and women as spoilable objects.
November 23, 2015
"Mustang" is the début feature of Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and it's quite something: a coming-of-age fable mapped onto a prison break, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense.
November 20, 2015
"Mustang" grabs you with its own sense of haunting melancholy, as well as an increasing feeling of urgency and outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2015
Full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown, "Mustang" is a stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five sisters in rural Turkey.
November 19, 2015
A gripping mix of comedy, tragedy, political anger and, despite everything, hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2015
This sneaky shocker of a debut feature -- sneaky because it's so good at depicting the sisters' joyousness before, and even after, darkness descends -- was directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven from a script she wrote with Alice Winocour.
November 19, 2015
Pulls off a very tricky balancing act between bemoaning its characters' fate and celebrating their resilience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 19, 2015
It hurts to see those bars erected around the house. It hurts worse to see them mounted in the girls' minds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 17, 2015
Focuses in feverish close-up on the adolescent awakening of five restless, radiant sisters-and the ruin that follows when their family tries to contain it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2015
[Ergüven] gets appealing and fiercely committed performances from the five young actresses at the story's center, but above all she effectively stokes righteous anger at a situation that admits no clear remedy other than mere escape.
September 19, 2015
Her story becomes that of millions of women who have looked at the world around them and found they needed more.
September 15, 2015
[Erguven] proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers, whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message.
September 15, 2015
What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray them simplistically, as misunderstood angels, and she has enough trust in her audience to leave the drama's implicit feminism unstated.
September 15, 2015
Mustang is a gripping film, and one that ought to stir up a bit of controversy in Turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5