Where Do We Go Now? Reviews

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Mark Olsen
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alissa Simon
Variety
January 22, 2013
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 28, 2012
This spirited troupe of women ... makes us citizens of the village, invested in their joys and fears. We grieve with them, under that burning sun, and hope with them for a lasting peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 22, 2012
"Where Do We Go Now?" is more interesting than satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 22, 2012
With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, "Where Do We Go Now?" is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 19, 2012
This is energetic, bursting with sincerity, yet also frustrating and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
June 14, 2012
It is, at times, a charming reprieve from the usually dour cinematic explorations of Middle Eastern conflicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 1, 2012
Labaki never claimed to be NoŽl Coward, but the facile comedy leads to a dilution of the message she strives so strenuously to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2012
Time passes with a sense that nothing is really happening, until suddenly too much happens all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
Where Do We Go Now? is a tragic-comic fable that speaks to how we live now, and have lived for far too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 24, 2012
Labaki is a forceful director and a stunning screen presence, but "Where Do We Go Now?" suffers from diffuseness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 24, 2012
It's a fresh take on Mideast strife to see the endless battles from a feisty feminist point of view, but most of the acting and plotting is subpar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
The meandering script occasionally has an unpolished feel, confusingly taking too long to flesh out parts of the story while making unsettling swings from comedy to tragedy and back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
May 18, 2012
A satire in which pathos competes with light comedy and neither quite flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 17, 2012
The movie is never quite bold enough to point out the contradiction of Muslims and Christians hating one another, even though they both in theory worship the same god.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 11, 2012
Veering from wackiness to horror and then back again is the kind of balancing act that would challenge even the most talented filmmakers, and Labaki, for all her good intentions and daring ideas, just can't swing the shift.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2012
Making a movie about sectarian violence in which the local religious figures are comically powerless, at worst, seems like too easy a path to take. Nothing springs from nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 11, 2012
The lack of flow and coherence in "Where Do We Go Now?'' leaves not only the characters, but also the audience, wondering where to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2012
In the end, "Where Do We Go Now?" has little to say about human conflict beyond the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 10, 2012
The continually shifting tone of the movie, whose director also did the romantic comedy "Caramel," keeps you giddily off balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 10, 2012
"Where Do We Go Now?" suffers from a serious clash of styles, but it's also brave and startlingly funny...
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May 10, 2012
It's the sort of well-meaning fable that's ultimately more admirable than persuasive.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 10, 2012
Director and co-writer Nadine Labaki has a careful, delicate hand when it comes to balancing the precious and the poignant.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 10, 2012
To Labaki's credit, she manages to take the film between tonal extremes credibly and without dulling the impact of either the humor or the horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2012
It shows no curiosity about the hatred, so the characters seem less than whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alison Willmore
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
Like the hashish-laced pastries the ladies make to sedate the male population, the film feels like it has been dosed with sugar to mask its distressingly bitter taste.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 8, 2012
By the time the film takes a glib turn into role-switching farce-as Muslims become Christians and Christians become Muslims-the overall toothlessness of the satire becomes damningly apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5