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David & Layla Reviews

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Jay Jonroy, who wrote and directed David & Layla, has come up with some potentially funny material that doesn't quite work.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 7, 2008
Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International

The picture takes its time in developing momentum; once attained, it becomes a watchable, optimistic cri de coeur.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 19, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The road to formulaic romantic-comedy complications and ethic clichés is paved with good intentions in first-time filmmaker Jay Jonroy's cross-culture love story, which might as well be called My Big Fat Kurdish Wedding.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 15, 2008
Kam Williams

My Big Fat Muslim Wedding!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 11, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Anyone can grasp the issues explored in Jonroy's comedy, and occasional missteps are easily forgiven when something new (along with a feast of great-looking food) is being brought to the table.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A spread-thin but likable concoction that sets out to be a cross-ethnic romance, an explicit sex farce, a sober statement of the plight of the Kurdish people and, I think, a plea for world peace.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

October 4, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

So clumsily made that even its hopeful message can't make it go down pleasantly.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

September 28, 2007
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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David and Layla is proof, if proof be needed, that good intentions just aren't enough.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 20, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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David and Layla isn't going to solve any problems -- it's got way too many of its own.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 31, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Rather than a real drama about these things, David & Layla plays like '70s-era sitcom.

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

August 30, 2007
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Humor and politics finally converge in what the story is all about: finding the good in those different from you. It's a happy ending that can be enjoyed by all.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Writer-director Jay Jonroy is better with atmosphere and visuals than with dialogue.

August 3, 2007
Jim Hemphill

The effect is not a rich film with a wide range of tones as the director may have intended, but a schizophrenic mess that ends up working as neither social message movie nor entertainment.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Inspired by a real-life couple now living in Paris, David & Layla is suffused with the warmth and passion of filmmaker Jay Jonroy, whose own family was victimized under Saddam Hussein.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 2, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Yes, it's well-intentioned and at times funny. But it's also strained and clumsy and a bit too simple-minded to be effective.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

July 20, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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There is nothing poetic about it.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2007
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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Though it's no Romeo and Juliet, David & Layla is an offbeat cross-cultural romance with a positive message.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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This is more suffering than should be asked of anyone to endure, but with admirable perversity, Jonroy decided to make a romantic comedy based on the love between an American Jew and a Kurdish Muslim woman whom the writer-director met in Paris.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 19, 2007
Lisa Nesselson
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An earnest, frequently funny comedy about stateless persons and the looming cliches that make Muslims and Jews so wary of each other. Completely accessible and non-threatening.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 16, 2007
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