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Mooz-lum (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Demand it! now to have it play at your local AMC theater: http://eventful.com/moozlum We're making a movie that we hope will offer a different perspective on Muslims/Islam than what is normally portrayed. As a result, opening the minds & hearts of millions. With your help we will create a grass roots marketing campaign that will ensure the success of this film before it's release. This page is yours as much as it is ours. We want all of our supporters to get involved and make this a vibrant,

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Qasim Basir

Jun 14, 2011

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

While its situations are more complex and less ham-fisted than those in many inspirational stories of reaffirmed faith, Mooz-lum...suffers from one-note characterizations.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Sensitive performances smooth out the dramatic rough spots of this well-intentioned, racially-charged drama.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A potent feature debut for writer-director Qasim Basir, "Mooz-lum" attacks Islamist extremism while offering audiences a rare and illuminating depiction of life as a Muslim in America.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There's an undeniable potency to the blunt-instrument melodrama of Mooz-lum.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Solemn, unsubtle, and terminally self-conscious.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Poignant, relevant, and often quite moving in its characterizations.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Frank's Reel Reviews
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The film is worth seeing simply because of the phenomenal acting by the ensemble and a plot that will generate debate and interest once audience members leave the theater.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: AOL Black Voices

I suspect the Muslim narratives of 9/11 will soon grow into its own genre, and this film is a very good start.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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A poignant, cinematic memoir of growing up Muslim in America from the perspective of an anguished soul who just wanted to enjoy a normal childhood.

January 30, 2011 Full Review Source: TheLoop21.com
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Audience Reviews for Mooz-lum

What could have been a solid film about family and community, instead just seemed like one cliche after another. Ultimately, there's too much going on, and because we don't spend time dwelling with the characters, the resolutions of the conflicts come off as too quick, too simple, too preachy, and too corny.
October 4, 2011
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So, this what it is like to be a devout Muslim back in 2001 shortly and after.the World Trade Center collapsed at the hands of the Muslim terrorists. What an awesome dramatic movie played by Nia Long, Roger Guenveur Smith.as.the estranged Muslim parents.of Evan Ross.and Summer Bishil. As a child being raised by an extremely devout Muslim father..Taariq goes into college as confused as ever because of his new social surroundings. The harder he tries to getaway from the surreal and secretly strict upbringing...the harder it became to cope with his attempt to give up on his religious foundation. When tragedy strikes..it is then the he must rely on the same foundation to keep him sane from the painted is trying to leave. Very powerful all around performances. See this it will have you thinking in more ways than one.
March 10, 2012
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