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The Breadwinner Reviews

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June 8, 2020
While there is more than a moment of bleak humour - in scenes showing that when one is arguing with the armed religious right, the worst thing one can do is win - much of the story plays out as a tense survival story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 12, 2019
Overall, The Breadwinner is a strong debut for Twomey and a beautifully animated adaptation of Ellis' novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2019
Its effective animation, and its solid script are the icing on the cake. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2019
The film's poetic aura removes and remains after it ends. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2019
A beautiful and sensible film. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 11, 2019
Obviously, The Breadwinner speaks to us about the rights of women, but also, and above all, about solidarity and ties when evil is imposed. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2019
The combination of such a powerful storyline, inspirational heroine and gorgeous art style will surely see an acknowledgement from the Academy and audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2019
The animation particularly in the story sequences is stunning, and I loved the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 21, 2018
A downbeat drama with elements of inspirational fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2018
The thing I most admire about The Breadwinner is the fact that it doesn't end on a tidy note. I found that commendable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2018
This deceptively simple animated feature is a beautiful, tragic but hopeful drama told with inventiveness and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/5
August 24, 2018
Her bravery is inspiring as we wonder how people survive regimes that treat women unfairly and cruelly as a matter of ancient tradition. Jolie continues to bring us world stories that matter.
August 21, 2018
This animated film is directed by Nora Twomey and will delight adults and older children equally. It manages to be both uplifting and hopeful despite the subject matter of the film.
June 20, 2018
...a sort of Yentl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, is evocative and was a little-discussed gem
June 1, 2018
A fantastical myth, woven through the propulsive main story, serves as a distraction to the characters in their most distressed moments. Story as lesson. Story as history. Also, story as entertainment. Story as escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2018
A beautiful and darkly lyrical film
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2018
There's no reason, though, why it shouldn't win sincere young fans. It quickly inspires affection for its heroine, and the simple but painstaking animation is attractive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2018
In giving this children's film a grown-up storyline, Cartoon Saloon is coming of age in an assertive and fascinating way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2018
While it highlights difficulties it also celebrates the power of children, girls, ingenuity and quiet strength. And stories. Not for very young kids, older children and adults will enjoy and appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 27, 2018
Along with the eerie beauty of the animation there is a salving streak of humour that softens this tale's sharper edges, reminding us that - for children - laughter and bravery walk hand in hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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