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51 Ratings


Directed by Vikram Gandhi
United States, 2016


A biopic of Barack Obama set during his time as a college student in New York City.

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Barry Directed by Vikram Gandhi

Critics reviews

For the most part, Mr. Gandhi keeps the scenes small, compact and quiet, leaving most of the explosions to Barry’s friend, Saleem (Avi Nash), who’s self-consciously slumming it in a hovel while he figures out what to do with his life. In some of the stronger moments, Barry and Saleem simply hang out and the air feels thick with inchoate yearning rather than history.
December 15, 2016
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Barry is articulate in his political science class but at no point in the film do we sense we are witnessing the realization of a future world leader’s grand sense of purpose. (Barry’s single most memorable line of dialogue: “Politics is bullshit.”) With its emphasis on a sense of place and all the ways a young person can feel out of place, Barry isn’t a biopic but, rather, a film about race, class, gender, and general tribalism in America.
September 16, 2016
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A modest production imbued with political savvy and a surprising depth of feeling, “Barry” is the rare biographical drama that, rather than giving us a bland recitation of accomplishments, takes the formation of identity as its very subject — and has the confidence to acknowledge that the process of formation will continue well past the closing credits.
September 13, 2016
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