Poignant, relevant, and often quite moving in its characterizations.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sensitive performances smooth out the dramatic rough spots of this well-intentioned, racially-charged drama.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
There's an undeniable potency to the blunt-instrument melodrama of Mooz-lum.
I suspect the Muslim narratives of 9/11 will soon grow into its own genre, and this film is a very good start.
Solemn, unsubtle, and terminally self-conscious.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4