Rosewater Synopsis
In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours...
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Rosewater is an earnest picture, but it's also got some juice — there's vitality and feeling in it, the secret ingredients so often missing...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Rosewater is not about what isolates us, and part of the film’s terrific achievement is its recognition that staying connected is a daily...
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The Dissolve

By Tasha Robinson
Like The Daily Show, Rosewater makes uncomfortable political realities into wry but uproarious jokes.
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By Scott Foundas
Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”), an actor of Mexican heritage, brings to the role a charismatic resolve. It’s an impressive and impassioned...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Kudos to Stewart for making Rosewater more than an earnest plea for journalistic freedom. He makes it personal.
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By James Rocchi
The humor and drama don’t neutralize each other; in what’s perhaps Stewart’s most successful achievement as a director, the changes in tone...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
With Rosewater, Stewart proves he can pull back from the satirical comedy and become a thoughtful, incisive and questioning filmmaker.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Stewart did direct Rosewater, and even with its limitations, the film works. Stewart has serious, dramatically astute talent behind the...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What you may not be prepared for is the way that humor does play a part in the story, in the sense that recognizing the total absurdity of...
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Jon Stewart is a gentle old soul

By kbmshop
The telling of this story was handled smartly with sensitivity to the story and the audience. He did not need to shock us with brutal images and we left knowing that they were certainly part of the...

Rosewater is Outstanding

By jgsamson
It is amazing to discover that Jon Stewart has yet another stellar talent. Who knew that he is a 5-star film maker! The story is extraordinarily well-played, especially by one of my favorite...

Engaging and Vusualt Striking

By bbachrac
Rosewater is well worth seeing. A well done cinematic recounting of a tragic story with a redeeming outcome. The cast and acting is superb...


By HHoudini
Fantastic freshman effort by Jon Stewart. I didn't know much about this story going in but believe it told it well enough that I have a basic understanding now. Very sad and even more so that this...


By arielleweiner
Great casting, wonderful performances writing and subtle directing. In addition to telling the story of one man it illuminates a view of Iran we in the west often don't see. It is not hard to imagine...

By mimi20091989
political..I'm from the Middle East so I could relate.. powerful script....

Well written.

By slankf
For his first movie Jon Stewart knocked it out of the park! Cinematography and lighting portrayed the story very well. Excellent movie of the human experience in Iran...

Iranian Election - An Eyewitness Account

By makfml
For this Iranian-born BBC journalist to return to an agitated homeland to witness, and report on the contentious Ahmedinejad - Mousavi election was a gamble in itself. To do so with a wife awaiting...

Rose Water

By hecvaryes379
I thought it was a thought provoking movie. The movie was dramatic but not slow and the inter dynamics between the main characters was excellent. Jon Stewart did a wonderful job as it's director and...


By rosaldikov
Amazing film! Portrays the harsh realty of a coward government when threatened by intelligent individuals who bare witness to the governments BS...

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Rated R | For Violent Content, Some Crude References and Language
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Common Sense Media says Fascinating but intense drama about geopolitics.
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