Shot with remarkable confidence and an understated eloquence.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2007-06-21
Less about finger-pointing than a plea for India to confront its past.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 2007-06-15
An admirable labor of love that stumbles dramatically but gets along on its sincere good intentions.
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, 2007-06-14
The flashback sequences are vibrant and intense, and the film's long closing shot is so dense with feeling for a nation and its people that Bose deserves to be noted as a filmmaker to watch.
Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly, 2007-06-14
[Amu] is clearly a labor of love for the activist filmmaker, as she breaks all the traditional inhibitions of Bollywood to remind the world of -- and, for most of us, reveal for the first time -- one of the most shameful episodes in Indian history.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, 2007-05-30
In Shonali Bose's tightly constructed debut feature (2005) a young Indian-American woman from Los Angeles returns to Delhi for the first time since childhood to visit her relatives.
Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader, 2007-05-25
[Director Bose] has a genuine gift for atmosphere, making the many wordless scenes, in teeming streets and on crowded trains, the movie's best.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2007-05-25
Amu, the ambitious debut feature by Shonali Bose, wears its political heart on its sleeve and is unafraid to tackle big topics: identity, history, truth, injustice.
Rachel Saltz, New York Times, 2007-05-25
[Director] Bose embeds her history lesson in a drama with authentic emotional mother-daughter conflict.
Susan Walker, Toronto Star, 2007-02-16
Good intentions do eventually trump mediocre drama and the climactic flashbacks of the riots, as Sikhs are torn out of homes and trains by murderous mobs, are the stuff of nightmares.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2007-02-16
Fails to grab the imagination as it unfolds in familiar TV-movie fashion.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 2007-05-25
The flat, pat talk is symptomatic of Amu's overriding problem: It has no sense of personal style.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2007-05-25
Too bad first-time writer-director Shonali Bose's juxtaposition of the personal and the political often feels forced, and like many didactic history lessons, this one's about 20 minutes too long.
Jessica Grose, Village Voice, 2007-05-23