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Cairo Time (2009)

tomatometer

81

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 15

Though potentially too slowly paced for some, Cairo Time lingers long after the closing credits, largely due to a wonderful performance by Patricia Clarkson.

79

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

Though potentially too slowly paced for some, Cairo Time lingers long after the closing credits, largely due to a wonderful performance by Patricia Clarkson.

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62

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Movie Info

Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a magazine editor, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman. It

PG,

Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Ruba Nadda

Nov 30, 2010

$1.6M

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (15) | DVD (2)

The lovely twilit moments in this movie stay with one, and that summoning them up in your mind is like slowing down time.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Clarkson lights up Ruba Nadda's stately drama Cairo Time like the moon on a summer night, making every moment luminous with quiet, resigned longing.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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What it has going for it, however, is a strong performance from Clarkson, who has become one of the more reliable character actors in independent film.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Confirms two things that hardly need confirming: The Egyptian capital is a breathtaking metropolis, and Patricia Clarkson is one of the best actors in the world.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Cairo Time proves hard to resist, the film's familiarity gradually giving way to a playfulness that feels new to the impossible-love subset of bourgeois melodrama.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Cairo Time: Take the time to see it.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a film where the promise of romance is almost as important as the romance itself. And perceptively gliding through it, Clarkson and her intricate yet simple approach is a quiet sensation.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

Cairo Time's narrative is manna for the menopausal, but, at the very least, worthy for the rest.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Not much happens in "Cairo Time," and it doesn?t happen in slow, languid fashion.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

What makes Cairo Time work stems from the playing of the leads and the manner in which Nadda presents the setting.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...has at its heart the mildest kind of dalliance, a betrayal so small and excusable it mightn't even register.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Clarkson, in one of her few leading roles, is the film's bright spot and reason for seeing the film.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clarkson, as always, is genuine and terrific.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's hard to call Cairo Time a "romance." Really, what it is is one of the rare realistic movies about attraction.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

Clarkson not only anchors Nadda's film, but she lifts it up onto her shoulders, carrying it along and helping it become an emotional and thoughtful story of one woman's journey of self-discovery.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Flirtation is often sexier than consummation. There's a constant 'should I or shouldn't I' tension that gives a tale some spine.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieMaker Magazine
MovieMaker Magazine

The picturesque romantic travelogue...is as obvious but elegant as the bit of symbolism that ends it.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A sumptuous feast for heart, head, eye and ear.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The at-times slow and indulgent pacing of Cairo Time will frustrate a few viewers, even if the Egyptian landmarks and scenery is stunning.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Between [Clarkson and Siddig], they make Cairo Time a much more involving, lingering experience than it it probably deserves to be.

August 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Cairo Time is like dozens of other bittersweet romances about strangers who meet under less-than-ideal circumstances.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minus Patricia Clarkson's pitch-perfect performance, the lovely to look at but monotonously paced Cairo Times would wind up less satisfying.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Audience Reviews for Cairo Time

A tasteful and engaging romantic drama, A beautifully crafted piece of work that shines with wonderful character development and gorgeous scenery. A stunning, mature and wonderfully romantic film. Director, Ruba Nadda crafts a remarkably adult love story that hits all the right notes and leaves on an open note that anything could happen. Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig are outstanding, their chemistry is just golden. A gem of a film. A well-produced Canadian picture.
November 18, 2013
allan913

Super Reviewer

Fancy a little trip abroad? You could do worst than this sweet gem about an American woman who gets to see Cairo through the eyes of the people who live there. At first I thought it moved slowly. By the time I realised that, no, I was watching too fast, it was over and, like any good vacation, over too quickly. The leads submit intelligent, nuanced, adult performances and the experience should resonate for some time. And then you go to the Pyramids.
April 24, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Nice movie. Nothing too exciting.
September 5, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

A beautiful film, it unfolds slowly and with great care. Patricia Clarkson projects a natural ease that only looks easy to achieve.
November 22, 2010
Julie

Super Reviewer

    1. Tareq: I like the way you say my name. Tareq! Hi, Tareq!
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