Caramel Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 5, 2014
Caramel is filled with more dignity, class, and realism than a Sex and the City could ever muster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 30, 2011
A chick flick form Lebanon, this film has some charm
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Stratton
The Australian
September 26, 2008
It's one of the best films about women you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 19, 2008
Many films these days celebrate female solidarity. Post-feminism, it's almost obligatory. But very few do it as convincingly, and with such style.

FILMINK (Australia)
September 19, 2008
Taken together, the women tell a universal story about the beauty and battles of daily life.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 19, 2008
Labaki, who co-wrote the film and also stars, maintains a knowing comic tone throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
The result is a sweet, but certainly not cloying, film about relationships in modern Beirut %u2013 the city to which Labaki dedicates her film.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
This vibrant and intricate look at the lives of five women in Beirut is tantalisingly sweet as the title suggests. There are themes within the themes and the various stories intersect with compelling fluidity
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 21, 2008
Ritual and rebellion collide in this bittersweet confection casting a rare gaze upon the pleasures, sorrows, dreams and sexual desires of Arab women in the Middle East.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 5, 2008
Although the film isn't chatty and people are just a little too soap opera-ish photogenic, the film is often understated enough to charm. Small, tender scenes and little details make Caramel a nice, light passing fancy.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 31, 2008
Un cálido y entrañable retrato de mujeres, sus historias personales y sus conflictos, en el marco de una sociedad a medio camino entre la modernidad y las tradiciones. Una verdadera revelación.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 5, 2008
[A]s smart and heartfelt as it is observant about the universalities of the lives of women...
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 1, 2008
A 34-year-old music-video director, Labaki shows promise with a smooth, artistic eye, although she succumbs to the Mel Gibson-like tendency to give herself the most closeups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 11, 2008
It's smart, funny and, of course, sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 11, 2008
Caramel is a bittersweet treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Craig Outhier
Miami Herald
April 4, 2008
Wistful tale of friendship and solidarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 4, 2008
Delightful.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2008
It would be easy to categorize the Lebanese women's picture Caramel as a Levantine combination of Sex in the City and Beauty Shop, but it's actually a lot smarter, sharper and deeper than that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 31, 2008
A formulaic sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves (and doing each other's hair) ensemble drama in the manner of 'Beauty Shop,' elevated by the novelty of its Lebanese locations and Arabic cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 28, 2008
Labaki is so enchanting you'll find yourself looking forward to her next appearance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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