My Brother The Devil Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2013
An often gripping coming-of-age story involving rival gangs, societal pressures, self-discovery, brotherly affection, and drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
June 28, 2013
The attention El Hosaini gives to the physical structures in this neighbourhood is a poignant reminder of the lack of focus there generally is on the people who live inside them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2013
It's an impressive debut by a director blessed with a strong voice and a knack for bringing a specific cultural milieu to vibrant life, defying convention even while working within its strict limits.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 27, 2013
My Brother the Devil brings a fresh and mature perspective to a story of shifting relationships between siblings, clearly marking the Egyptian-Welsh writer-director as someone on a path to greater things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
June 12, 2013
The film takes an insightful look at subtle cultural and socioeconomic differences, as well as similarities, during troubled economic times.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 10, 2013
A story of brothers that's both tough and tender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
April 26, 2013
Ultimately feels a little flat, but there's promise that the director will carry on to stronger work, with several scenes here delivering exceptional grace and texture that all but guarantees a bright cinematic future.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2013
Sally El Hosaini shows a deft hand in her story telling and direction belying her inexperience behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2013
When a both a dog and friend of Rashid's are killed in a violent gang encounter, El Hosaini frames both of their lifeless bodies on the street in a powerful image that tells of two innocents both bred to fight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2013
[El Hosaini] has a devil of a time getting a handle on this complicated story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
Familiar youth crime/coming-of-age framework, novel setting and focus group.
Michael McDonagh
April 12, 2013
El Housani's freshman effort is certainly visually accomplished, but there's precious little meat on its bones.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2013
"My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 3, 2013
Highly recommended. (Writer-director) El Hosaini handles the various volatile relationships within the film with intelligence and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
March 30, 2013
An engrossing debut from director Sally El Hosaini, My Brother the Devil is as authentic, emotionally complex and powerfully acted as any film you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
March 22, 2013
Unsure performances and some decades-old gangster-film stereotypes hamper this acute, beautifully shot portrait of Egyptian teenagers fighting to survive in a rough London neighborhood.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 22, 2013
For at least part of its length, "My Brother the Devil" brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 21, 2013
Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale, and although the film's melting-pot patois is occasionally too dense to decipher, we get the gist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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March 21, 2013
El Hosaini fights the conventions of the brotherly gangster melodrama, but the conventions win.
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
March 21, 2013
With My Brother the Devil, writer-director Sally El Hosaini tells a story both operatic in its implications and quotidian in its sensory, day-to-day details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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