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Satin Rouge Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2002
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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
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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
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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
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Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
A movie that has charm but shows weaknesses not uncommon for a novice director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2002
Warm and exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 6, 2002
A film drenched in irresistible color and texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 30, 2002
Rouge is less about a superficial midlife crisis than it is about the need to stay in touch with your own skin, at 18 or 80.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2002
Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
August 29, 2002
While the costumes hint at changes beneath the surface, it is Abbass' performance, as she vacillates flawlessly between muted hausfrau and shining hoofer, that reveals the depths of her transformation.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 23, 2002
The powder blues and sun-splashed whites of Tunis make an alluring backdrop for this sensuous and spirited tale of a prim widow who finds an unlikely release in belly-dancing clubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
August 23, 2002
A sensual performance from Abbass buoys the flimsy story, but her inner journey is largely unexplored and we're left wondering about this exotic-looking woman whose emotional depths are only hinted at.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 22, 2002
The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 22, 2002
The first Tunisian film I have ever seen, and it's also probably the most good-hearted yet sensual entertainment I'm likely to see all year.
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
August 20, 2002
The film is enlivened by fine performances, especially the lovely Abbas as Lilia.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2002
The way Lilia loosens up and learns to dance enticingly for men in a timeless ritual that is empowering and not demeaning is Satin at its most engaging.