• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Josh Appignanesi
    In Theaters:
    May 5, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 26, 2010
  • Met Film

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The Infidel Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

November 6, 2010
Louise Keller
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 Source: Urban Cinefile

November 6, 2010
Paj Sandhu
Moviedex

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 22, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

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 Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 21, 2010
Craig Mathieson
sbs.com.au

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

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2010
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (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 Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 13, 2010
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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

August 20, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

June 17, 2010
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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An amusing little film from Britain.

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

May 7, 2010
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

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

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 24, 2010
Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2010
Andrew O'Hagan
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

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 Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Thankfully, the sometimes muddled message on religion is propped up by good gags, such as a running joke about hating people who do quotation marks with their fingers.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2010
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2010
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2010
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 20, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2010
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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An admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 24, 2010

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2010
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