David & Layla Reviews

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Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International
February 19, 2008

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

Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 11, 2008

My Big Fat Muslim Wedding!

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
October 5, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 4, 2007

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 | Original Score: B-
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
Top Critic
August 3, 2007

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
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
August 3, 2007

Writer-director Jay Jonroy is better with atmosphere and visuals than with dialogue.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
August 2, 2007

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.

Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
July 19, 2007

Though it's no Romeo and Juliet, David & Layla is an offbeat cross-cultural romance with a positive message.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
July 19, 2007

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.

Lisa Nesselson
Variety
Top Critic
June 16, 2007

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.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 7, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 15, 2008

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 28, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
September 20, 2007

David and Layla is proof, if proof be needed, that good intentions just aren't enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 31, 2007

David and Layla isn't going to solve any problems -- it's got way too many of its own.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
August 3, 2007

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
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
July 20, 2007

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.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
July 20, 2007

There is nothing poetic about it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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