• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Shamim Sarif
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 9, 2010
  • Regent Releasing/here! Films


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I Can't Think Straight Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

If the plot is cheese, it never rises above the level of a Dairylea triangle

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 1/5

April 10, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

She is still some way short of making a movie that deserves a ticket-buying audience.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 1/5

April 9, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 9, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The director struggles to inject much energy or spark into the story. Which is frustrating for a premise with this much potential.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2009
Jon Williams
Little White Lies

It's such a mish-mash of terrible ideas next to sincere and affecting themes that it never really works and repeatedly sabotages any recommendation.

| Original Score: 1/5

April 3, 2009
Sarah Cohen
Time Out
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From the wince-inducing title onwards, the script is laughably bad, especially when it attempts seriousnes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

April 3, 2009

A should-have-been straight-to-DVD film that ticks enough boxes to make its cinema release an example of affirmative action.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1/5

April 3, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

I Can't Think Straight, a glossy contemporary cross-cultural romance between a Palestinian Christian girl and an Anglo-Indian Muslim girl, is spectacularly dreadful.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

April 3, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

Frankly this looks more like Dynasty, with some very broad, soapy acting, coy sex scenes and some airily conspicuous wealth.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

This one's got it's heart in the right place...but little else to recommend it.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2009
Josh Winning
Total Film

Deep stuff, then, but imbued with all the weight of a prawn cracker. Its explosive coming-out scene can't compensate for car crash acting. Sadly, great sounding drivel is still drivel.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2009

Sun Online

Writer-director Shamim Sarif can't seem to make up her mind whether she is making a comedy or a serious point about Muslim attitudes to lesbianism. And so she ends up with a fluffy mess.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 1/5

April 3, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Lisa Ray provides the one spark of life in an otherwise drab, graceless production that appears to be set in the Eighties and has the feel of a bad Jilly Cooper novel.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

April 3, 2009
Matthew Turner

This lesbian love story is never less than watchable, thanks to a captivating central performance by Lisa Ray, though the script and direction leave a lot to be desired.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2009
Victor Olliver

It's all very sex-lite - one character even does what Eamonn Holmes did last year, confusing lesbian with Lebanese.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 5/5

April 2, 2009
Stan Hall

Glossy and lacking depth as it trivializes every subject it touches.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

December 12, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

Lipstick lesbianism among Muslims is the theme of this unfortunately blown chance to say something real and new. Shamim Sarif's film as fluffily lightweight as Deepa Mehta's Fire was dark and dire.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 21, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Buildings and their interiors fare a lot better in this sumptuously lensed and set-designed film. That's because they don't have to talk or act.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

This is a tasteful, romantic lesbian flick, and neither romance nor taste is a substitute for hot naked lesbians getting it on.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Plugging the same two actresses into different Sapphic scenarios may be a valid filmmaking strategy but it can be an extremely boring one.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2008
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