... completely falls apart amid a collection of heavy-handed cliches.
Like belly-dancing itself, this drama is meant for the soul, not the mind - or as Marilyn's instructor commands, "Brains! Stop using them!"
| Original Score: D
Although branded throughout by a heavily mournful identification with these terribly wronged women's plights, the film is nevertheless silly in the extreme.
The problem with the film, directed by France's Rachid Bouchareb from a script by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot, is that the men are mostly one-dimensional louts.
| Original Score: 3/5
This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Just like its meaningless title, Rachid Bouchareb's disappointing drama evokes better works without developing any distinct identity of its own.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bouchareb fails to turn his outsider's point of view into new insights, and instead takes the easy route, falling back on familiar stereotypes in his tour of US misogyny and xenophobia.
| Original Score: 2/4
Not enough happens on this empowerment road trip to fill even a sub-90-minute running time, and the climax resorts to trite, unearned melodrama.
| Original Score: C
It's a shame Ms. Miller has to try so hard, to grimace so much, to add emotional embellishment to compensate for a weak script.
While one can sympathize with the subjects Bouchareb is exploring here, his picture strives for a great deal more than it actually delivers.
| Original Score: C-
A phony, tone-deaf female fantasy.
| Original Score: D+
[Miller and Farahani] give strong performances as women bonding over their delight in both movement and their own beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
A multicultural mini-Thelma and Louise but far duller than that description implies, Just Like a Woman peddles feminist empowerment with one-note didacticism.
Movies genuinely attuned to the nuances of female bonding are regrettably rare; so, it seems, are ones that know how to make good on their promise without breaking just like a little girl.