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Caramel Reviews

April 11, 2008
Caramel is a bittersweet treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Wistful tale of friendship and solidarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Delightful.
March 28, 2008
Labaki elicits expressive performances from a cast of amateurs, aided by Khalad Mouzanar's entrancing score and Yves Sehnaoui's lush cinematography.
March 28, 2008
Perceptive and poignant, Caramel observes the love lives of the establishment's owner, her employees and their customers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2008
There's a pleasant, easygoing charm to Caramel, largely stemming from Labaki's rare determination to depict Beirut as something other than a war-torn, slowly recovering battleground.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2008
Its chief focus is the bonding between women who rely on each for support, and who really appreciate a place where they can let down their hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
Filmgoers expecting My Big Fat Lebanese Waxing are in for a bigger treat: Nadine Labaki, who wrote and directed the film, possesses an astute instinct for restraint that makes Caramel smarter ans more poignantthan the average chick flick.
February 22, 2008
[Writer-Director] Labaki writes and directs with a sure hand for capturing universal truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
As sugary as it may be, Caramel has a likeable edge to it, both in the natural performances of the mostly non-professional cast and the script's sardonic bluntness about social hypocrisies and the women's self-deception.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2008
One of those small films that give a glimpse into a culture that's both foreign and familiar. It's filled with real-life touches and small insights and wonderfully human characters, and the whole thing feels as real as crossing the street.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 8, 2008
In a culture where female sexuality is problematic at best, how is a woman supposed to feed both body and heart? Through makeovers, support, and necessary lies, Caramel curtly answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2008
In the Beirut beauty salon where most of Caramel takes place, women of various shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds gather to bond and gossip.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2008
Consider it 'Fried Green Falafel.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
February 1, 2008
A sweeter and more believable version of Steel Magnolias, Middle Eastern style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2008
Just another good-looking, gently humorous, pleasantly romanticized little comedy, which ends with everyone a little wiser than they began.
February 1, 2008
Well-made and modestly enjoyable seriocomedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2008
As tart, and tantalizing, as that little pot of caramel already bubbling on the stove, just waiting to bring delight -- or quick stabbing pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2008
It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 1, 2008
Everything that happens in this movie is predictable, and yet that's part of its modest charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 1, 2008
Uneven, fluctuating between poignancy...and fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2008
Set in a culture caught between East and West, between male chauvinism and female empowerment, Labaki's movie isn't about to revolutionize a genre -- its charms are modest, but many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 31, 2008
At its best, Caramel boasts a quietly engaging slice-of-slice casualness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 31, 2008
It's a warm midwinter treat.
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.
January 31, 2008
A film of abundant heart and exquisite faces.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2008
The kvetches of regulars at a cheery Beirut beauty salon couldn't be more familiar -- and that's the slender charm of Caramel, a Lebanese variation on sweetly soapy dramas about Women Who Bond With Wet Hair.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 11, 2007
A lovely little comedy-drama.
September 17, 2007
Warm-hearted and accessible.
May 22, 2007
A sweet affair, hiding any bitter undertones under a sprightly, glistening exterior.