The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tahar Rahim from 2009's A Prophet lead this damning true story of a detainee at the US military's Guantanamo Bay detention center held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), co-starring Zachary Levi (Shazam!) and Golden Globe-nominee Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies).

Best Supporting Actress (Foster), Golden Globes 2021
2021129 minsUK, USA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography

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The Mauritanian / Reviews

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The movie lands, through no fault of its own other than timing, with a whiff of been-there, done-that.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The Mauritanian transforms a memoir of unlawful detention into just another shouty courtroom drama.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Flavourless characters and a blizzard of flashbacks further repel our involvement in a drama whose timing, to say the least, is unfortunate.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Rahim noses The Mauritanian just over the line into the realm of a mild recommendation.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It's a steady, compelling accounting of events that intends to leave you infuriated and succeeds.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The Mauritanian is a moral muddle as well as a narrative one.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The Mauritanian fails to humanise the story it's telling, never coming off as something more challenging or interesting than a superficial, manipulative accounting of true events.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Tahar Rahim does a brilliant job of portraying the title character... with Jodie Foster in prime form as his lawyer.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

The Mauritanian... gets one thing very right: Tahar Rahim's masterful central performance.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

An adaptation of a Guantanamo prisoner’s memoir splits its time between legal drama and P.O.W. survivalist tale - and gives you one first-rate performance.

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CNN

CNN

A solid, old-fashioned piece of entertainment, but not a great movie.

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Decider

Decider

It won't change the world, but it's worth a watch.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Scathing, extremely powerful in places, and it never cops out.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Kevin Macdonald's film never captures the spectrum of a life lived in unimaginable extremis.

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Collider

Collider

Rahim's strong central performance in Kevin Macdonald's drama makes America's recent sins feel even more potent and raw.

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Variety

Variety

Delivers the shock, outrage and ultimate comeuppance that audiences expect...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Remains strangely flat, despite its star power and a gripping central performance from Tahar Rahim as Slahi.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Buoyed only by Tahar Rahim's humane performance.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

It's inspired work in the rather dogged circumstances.

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