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Caramel Reviews

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James Berardinelli
January 31, 2008
It's refreshing for a romantic comedy not to follow the formula by rote. I only wish I could be as enthusiastic about the amount of screen time accorded to certain characters who are more tedious than endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 1, 2008
A 34-year-old music-video director, Labaki shows promise with a smooth, artistic eye, although she succumbs to the Mel Gibson-like tendency to give herself the most closeups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 18, 2007
...a tedious, virtually interminable effort...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 31, 2008
A formulaic sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves (and doing each other's hair) ensemble drama in the manner of 'Beauty Shop,' elevated by the novelty of its Lebanese locations and Arabic cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 1, 2008
Uneven, fluctuating between poignancy...and fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
October 6, 2007
Feminist issues that may be dangerous to tackle in the conservative Middle East are rendered silly by uneven performances and soap-opera overkill.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 31, 2008
Labaki treats her characters with wistful tenderness, raucous practicality, and enough romantic chutzpah to give almost every woman a moment, at least, when she can have exactly what she wants.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 1, 2008
Don't expect an elegant, fully realized production. Do expect, though, to be touched and surprised by a string of intimate, urgent vignettes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 11, 2008
It's smart, funny and, of course, sweet.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 5, 2014
Caramel is filled with more dignity, class, and realism than a Sex and the City could ever muster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2008
There's a trenchant cultural critique lurking beneath its occasionally cloying melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 28, 2008
Groundbreaking it is not. But it follows the familiar path cheerfully enough, and it paints a vivid, movie-friendly picture of a woman's life in Lebanon.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
This vibrant and intricate look at the lives of five women in Beirut is tantalisingly sweet as the title suggests. There are themes within the themes and the various stories intersect with compelling fluidity
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 13, 2008
The result is a sweet, but certainly not cloying, film about relationships in modern Beirut %u2013 the city to which Labaki dedicates her film.
David Stratton
The Australian
September 26, 2008
It's one of the best films about women you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 19, 2008
Labaki, who co-wrote the film and also stars, maintains a knowing comic tone throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 19, 2008
Many films these days celebrate female solidarity. Post-feminism, it's almost obligatory. But very few do it as convincingly, and with such style.
Prairie Miller
June 21, 2008
Ritual and rebellion collide in this bittersweet confection casting a rare gaze upon the pleasures, sorrows, dreams and sexual desires of Arab women in the Middle East.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 5, 2008
Although the film isn't chatty and people are just a little too soap opera-ish photogenic, the film is often understated enough to charm. Small, tender scenes and little details make Caramel a nice, light passing fancy.
Jeff Beresford-Howe
Film Threat
November 6, 2007
Sihame Haddad breaks your heart as Rose, juggling perhaps her last shot at romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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