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May In The Summer (2014)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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To all appearances, May Brennan (Cherien Dabis) has it all -- intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancÚ Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of Ziad's Muslim faith and is firm in her


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Dabis covers a lot of ground as a storyteller while delivering a smart, focused performance.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Ultimately you're left with a drama so contained, it can be neatly wrapped up in single sentences of passed-on wisdom.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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There's goodwill to go around in Dabis' modestly engaging yarn, from its appealing performances to the times it zeroes in on the ways culture, tradition and individuality cause headaches and heartaches as much as comfort.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's diverting to watch and has moments of brilliance, but even with all its refreshing female characters, "May in the Summer" doesn't leave a lasting impression.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The vibe is like that of a Lifetime movie that happens to be set in Amman rather than American suburbia. Just sub in camel sightings in place of white-tailed deer.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A film that pulls us in with a sweet and powerful story where major tent poles of religion and politics are presented in a strong but subtle way.

September 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

[May In The Summer] unfortunately lacks the emotional depth for a satisfying resolution.

September 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Notable chiefly for its knowing, comfortable depictions of female relationships, sibling relationships, familial relationships. Also its determination to rise above some of its more sitcommy plot points.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: San Diego Reader
San Diego Reader

Refreshingly normal middle-class family in modern Amman and diversity of people give the familial dynamics added interest for a rare and lovely, if mild, view from Jordan.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source:

A pleasant but unremarkable retelling of a story as old as the Dead Sea itself.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Dabis has concocted a fairly engaging family dramedy, which would have been a lot better if her own character weren't such a paragon.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

On the whole, though, May In The Summer just never distinguishes itself in any way that isn't superficial.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Something of a vanity project, but a different, Westernized spin on your typical Life in the Middle East story

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Cherien Dabis is least successful at connecting her character May's marital crisis to the rumblings of her repressed heritage.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source:

What we end up with is a Miramax film from the early-to-mid 1990s. Something a tiny bit edgy to watch on VHS back in the day, but something you don't need to feel too guilty about skipping today.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenCrush

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