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Satin Rouge Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 6, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 22, 2002
Mitchell Vantrease
Arizona Republic
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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

November 15, 2002
Sid Adilman
Toronto Star
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There are many scenes of belly dancing, pure pleasure to watch.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2002
Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
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A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2002

Dallas Morning News
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A movie that has charm but shows weaknesses not uncommon for a novice director.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

October 17, 2002
Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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

October 4, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Has its own special flavor.

September 20, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Warm and exotic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A film drenched in irresistible color and texture.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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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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August 30, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 29, 2002
Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 29, 2002
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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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

August 23, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 22, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 22, 2002
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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The film is enlivened by fine performances, especially the lovely Abbas as Lilia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 20, 2002
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

July 17, 2002
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