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The Breadwinner Reviews

May 25, 2018
This beautiful and continually surprising film makes us think about what children can and can't bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2018
This is a day-to-day survival story that stirs the heart and fires the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2018
Not the most obvious subjects for a family animation, but The Breadwinner tackles them all with devastating economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2018
The Breadwinner is thrillingly alive with the delicacy, artistry and wit of human touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2018
A fiery takedown of fundamentalism, bigotry and oppression of all stripes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2018
There's a calmness and clarity to this engaging animation...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 23, 2018
Against the odds, the tone here is optimistic about human nature. The film even manages to be uplifting, a small miracle given the darkness of its themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2018
You can't tell a tale of fanaticism's evil without violence; so violence there is. And pain; and grief; and sharp-clawed deprivation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2018
Children must grow up fast under such circumstances, and The Breadwinner derives its lasting sense of tragedy from its consideration of how they've been stripped of their childhood. There's a sad undercurrent to Parvana's fairy tale.
November 30, 2017
The animation is expressive, as lush and detailed as tapestry. Harsh landscapes shimmer with beauty, even when littered with the bones of landmines and abandoned tanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 29, 2017
The film is honest enough not to exaggerate the beneficial results of Parvana's courageous act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2017
On the heels of Ann Marie Fleming's joyful animated indie Window Horses comes Nora Twomey's thematically similar but far darker The Breadwinner.
November 24, 2017
The Breadwinner is a well-crafted and inspiring story with an important message about female empowerment, embodied in heroic Parvana, something people of all ages should embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2017
Visually captivating even when it's narratively uneven, the animated film "The Breadwinner" tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 U.S. invasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2017
One can only salute the filmmakers' ambition and seriousness of purpose, but it's hard to see who "The Breadwinner" audience is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2017
While the film may suffer when it comes to the details, it does have a certain undeniable power in its broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2017
In its power and its beauty, "The Breadwinner' reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children.
November 16, 2017
Harsh disappointments befall the characters, and they are depicted frankly, but in a way that encourages young viewers to form an affinity with the characters rather than cringe at terror.
November 3, 2017
It directly confronts the misogyny and chauvinism of contemporary Afghanistan, while powerfully suggesting that storytelling is both a means of coping and a solution for change.
October 24, 2017
Jewel-bright and heart-wrenching.
September 18, 2017
The Breadwinner is a glorious demonstration of the power of myth to deal with brutal reality, and the power of truth to animate myth.
September 11, 2017
The picture sings and inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4