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The Infidel (2010)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 2


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 8,340



Movie Info

Meet Mahmud-Nasir, loving husband, doting father and something of a "relaxed" Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is as Muslim as it gets. After his mother's death, however, a discovery turns Mahmud's world upside down. He finds his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth -- but he's Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny, a … More

Directed By:
Written By:
David Baddiel
In Theaters:
Oct 26, 2010
Met Film - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Infidel

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

Tthis thing plays like a cheeky Brit-com blown up to feature length, with a thin coat rack of plot to hang the ethnic humour on, and a wish to offend without being offensive.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations.

Full Review… | June 24, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An amusing little film from Britain.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

A multi-layered film with all sorts of surfaces, from rough to smooth and corrugated, but it's an enjoyable and colourful work which is inoffensive even while it is being irreverent

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile

Stand-up comic Omid Djalili is hilarious as Mahmud Nasir, the father and husband who discovers he is neither Muslim enough nor Jewish enough to satisfy anyone that matters, after discovering his hidden roots

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile

The rest of us can take heart in charming little comedies like The Reluctant Infidel that stress our commonalities and make our differences something to laugh about.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010

Can't we all just coexist? The Infidel can't bring the laughs, but it's a subtle peek at scapegoating on all sides.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
What Would Toto Watch?

This pleasing comedy more than makes do with the idea of conciliation -- it really, really just wants us to get along.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010

Soon blands out into the glib, ethnicky slapstick that is the regrettable stock in trade of Nia Vardolos.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Herald Sun (Australia)

Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed.

Full Review… | September 13, 2010
FILMINK (Australia)

Omid Djalili, a standup comic, is in almost every scene, and his unflagging energy and commitment to the material is the movie's saving grace.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

For all the terrific throw-away lines, The Infidel plays like a TV show rather than a feature film, and a TV sitcom at that.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Jam! Movies

The truth comes out and the audience is left to wonder what it all means.

Full Review… | June 17, 2010
Monsters and Critics

Some of the punch lines land better than others, and the script keeps them coming.

Full Review… | April 24, 2010

Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Empire Magazine

The Infidel tackles an ambitious and sensitive subject in an impressively balanced manner, yet without ever managing to feel like it needs to exist.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

A laugh-along moral drama that brings a great big dose of enlivening absurdity and comic brilliance to a taboo subject, the hostility between British Muslims and Jews.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
This is London

The Infidel's got some great gags -- most of which have a stand-up routine kind of feel -- but a hopelessly contrived climax saps it of any real satirical bite.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
News of the World

The film slugs along, never bad, exactly, but never funny either, and as it works towards its vaguely farcical resolution, it starts to resemble every other lame Brit-com.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010

Astutely combining sharp comedy with complex political and theological issues, this film is packed with strong themes and vivid characters that keep us interested even as the plot drifts into silly slapstick.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for The Infidel


Sometimes silly and terrible odd movie that could look like The Birdcage. Anyway, David Baddiel wrote a funny fresh comedy with a political background, without forget the subject of different types of faith.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


The Infidel in a way is kind of like Four Lions. It's not as good as Four Lions but it's a good satirical film that pokes fun at not only the muslims but also at the people that dislike them. Decently made little film from Britain.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

I'm sure a lot of people have been put off this film by the poster, that and the fact the words 'Comedy' and 'British' usually disappoint when it comes to recent mainstream comedy. There is really good British comedy out there, and here is the proof! So forget Notting Hill, East is East and all that crap, The Infidel is intelligent, daring but most importantly funny. Omid Djalili is as good as always and I must say it's nice to see him in a lead role and not as a stereotype in some Hollywood blockbuster. There are some good cameos here also from some great British comedians. When you can make people laugh using one of the most touchy subjects, you have done well. It was written by David Baddiel though so I'm not surprised, and even if you don't like him as a performer, you have to admire is brilliant writing. Watch this and laugh, then watch Four Lions and laugh some more because if you can't laugh what is the point, we're a funny lot us humans!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


The first 15 minutes are really funny. For those of you who have difficulty in understanding a British accent, some of the jokes may be difficult to truly enjoy. The Muslim and Jewish (primarily Jewish) stereotypes will make you laugh at loud, though. Unfortunately, the last 1/2 hour or so just seems to fizzle...with the ending being just silly. Still, all things said, its worth a view.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The Infidel Quotes

Mahmud Nasir/Solly Shimshillewitz:
Give me a break! You find out you're Jewish and suddenly some bloke in a uniform is taking you away!
– Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
Mahmud Nasir/Solly Shimshillewitz:
For men women are like a buffet. You don't want to sit down until you've piled your plate up as high as possible.
– Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)

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