Satin Rouge Reviews

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Kam Williams
Global Rhythm Magazine
January 12, 2007
A daring drama that addresses how a wanton woman copes with a strict social structure that would deny her any outlet for her animalistic urges.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
August 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 19, 2003
A celebration of unintellectualized joy and the discovery of life.
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Urban Cinefile
December 27, 2002
Bellydancing, with its ancient roots and links to fertility rituals, is a colourful and physical expression of life forces that Lilia has to rediscover.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 29, 2002
Leading a double life in an American film only comes to no good, but not here. Matters play out realistically if not always fairly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2002
Though the path to self-assurance may seem a little dubious, you can't knock it too hard. After all, it worked for Lilia. And it worked for Amari.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
November 28, 2002
An odd but alluring convergence of melodrama and fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
November 22, 2002
Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mitchell Vantrease
Arizona Republic
November 15, 2002
It's a weepy, nail-biting story line that's all too familiar, although Abbass portrays her character with strong conviction and carries the film gracefully.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 8, 2002
This Cinderella story is not new, but director Raja Amari makes the scenes in the club so vibrant and lush that we feel what it's like for Lilia to be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sid Adilman
Toronto Star
November 1, 2002
There are many scenes of belly dancing, pure pleasure to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 1, 2002
Sexy and romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2002
Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 27, 2002
Anchored by a terrific performance by Abbass, Satin Rouge shows that the idea of women's self-actualization knows few continental divides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
It's rather like a Lifetime special -- pleasant, sweet and forgettable.
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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe
October 11, 2002
As improbable as this premise may seem, Abbass's understated, shining performance offers us the sense that on some elemental level, Lilia deeply wants to break free of her old life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 4, 2002
I wish the belly-dancing scenes had been more nimbly shot but found it a small revelation to see a movie in which women too plump for Hollywood-style dancing are shown lighting the fires of male fantasy.
| Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
Has its own special flavor.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2002

Boston Phoenix
October 12, 2002
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