really good. gripping and moving. gael garcia bernal is stupendous. i can see how some parts were sentimentalized and glossed over with emotionality, which is certainly a hazard of any picture based upon real controversial events. with that in mind stewart did a good job of balancing the story while still getting the punchy points across.
A nice effort, but not without shortcomings. The film tries to use Bahari's experience as a universal example of repressed journalism, but the lack of Iranian actors and emphasis on the brutality of the Iranian government make it seem more like a propaganda piece. If you are really interested in this topic, I suggest you skip the film and read Bahari's book instead.
Under baked dramatically and sometimes cloyingly directed for emotional response that fails. The amateurish direction hurts what should have been a compelling tale about Maziar Bahari with some interesting touches that get over shadowed by the silliness of spirits and dancing to Leonard Cohen music. Stewart may be a biting political commentator that doesn't make him a director.
A pretty solid movie which seems to tread a bit lightly around what Maziar Bahari endured in captivity. Or maybe writer/director Jon Stewart was trying to convey that and it just didn't quite work. A good movie, though, with some valuable insights and a few clever techniques, some of which work (the memories reflected in windows) and some of which don't .... http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/