• Released
  • March 1, 2013
  • (NY, LA March 8)
  • NR , 1 hr 30 min
  • Drama
  • 7 Fan Ratings
100

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Feels startlingly real and inherently relevant, a shining, sterling example of cinema at its most powerful and urgent.
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91

The Playlist

Blending a surrealist perspective of battle-tinged faith with the harrowing tale of one girl's resilience, the film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Brutality and tenderness are a potent mix in War Witch.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
War Witch deals with a reality so horrific that the film’s touches of magical realism are welcome, even necessary — the only way to retain one’s bearings and sanity in a world without signposts.
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83

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
It does a marvelous job at giving us an impressionistic taste of horrific circumstances without using them to beat us into submission.
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80

Time Out New York

The film’s subject is almost too horrible to contemplate, but it finds a way to space out the blows without softening them.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

So is this a Western take on Africa? Yes, but Rebelle is full of such careful detail, and is carried so beautifully by Mwanza’s performance, that questions of authenticity slide away.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Managing to be neither sentimental nor sensationalistic, the film tells its story from the heart, and from the simple, straightforward viewpoint of young heroine Komona, warmly played by the talented Rachel Mwanza in her screen debut.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Calum Marsh
Though ostensibly a character study, it's nevertheless characterized by the vaguely moralizing tone of an issue film, one whose candor in the face of brutality seems calculated for maximum liberal appeal.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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