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Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) makes his screenwriting and directorial debut in this riveting tale of hope and survival, based on a true story. A Tehran-born journalist based in London, Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) returns to Iran where he covers the 2009 presidential election and its ensuing riots. Falsely accused of espionage, Bahari is arrested and turned over to “Rosewater” (Kim Bodnia), a brutal interrogator who subjects the innocent reporter to months of beatings and torture to force him to confess he’s a spy. Based on Bahari’s bestselling memoir Then They Came for Me, Rosewater is a visceral political drama the critics are calling “gripping” (Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly)!
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart.
The New Republic
The main question Rosewater grapples with is whether Stewart can hack it as a filmmaker. The answe...
June 25, 2017
J. R. Jones
Rosewater certainly has merit as an act of atonement on Stewart's part and a tribute to people lik...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Fascinating but intense drama about geopolitics.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rosewater, based on a memoir by journalist Maziar Bahari and written and directed by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, has some disturbing moments; a big chunk of the movie takes place in a prison, where detainees are beaten and mentally tortured. In a particularly harrowing sequence, the main character is led to believe that he's going to be shot. Other scenes are comprised of real-life news footage that shows demonstrators clashing with military personnel, who hit, kick, and shoot at them. There's some swearing, primarily "sh-t" and "f--k," and social drinking. Although the story is intense, its messages about finding personal strength and overcoming adversity are definitely worthwhile.
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- Release Date:November 14, 2014
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