This plays like Law and Order, but there are also striking glimpses of a backward society in rapid transition.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-12-17
A compelling portrait of deeply rooted sexism and injustice dragging the nation back to a Bronze Age notion of women's rights.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-11-12
An affecting drama that is honest and clear-eyed about Hirut's trauma, and the ongoing struggles she'll face even if she's freed, without ever treating her abuse in an exploitative manner.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2015-11-05
Mehari's drama about the landmark court case that ended child bride kidnapping in Ethiopia is hardly a sophisticated film. But that can't diminish the importance of its message.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2015-11-05
This film is a necessary reminder of what can happen when people preserve tradition for its own sake.
Alan Zilberman, Washington Post, 2015-10-29
Difret is painful but profound, skirting the pitfalls of the inspirational biopic for something more grounded and remarkable. Its authenticity extends beyond its central characters, conveying a very real sense of what is at stake.
Monica Castillo, Village Voice, 2015-10-20
An important story, told with commitment.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2015-03-03
The compelling "Difret" is a small film with a lot on its mind.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2014-12-11
A quite powerful drama, based on a true story, that relies on familiar storytelling tropes.
Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-01-29
"Difret" has an earnestness that hovers between plain-spoken and pedestrian, and there are scenes and sequences that just don't come together as written and edited, no matter how admirable the film's existence is.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2015-10-22
"Difret" presents an important message, albeit in rather clunky narrative terms.
Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2014-01-26