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Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim) Reviews

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 2, 2004
Unbearably life affirming and quasi-spiritual... [Sharif] dispenses bromides like a watery-eyed, Middle-Eastern Forrest Gump.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
May 18, 2004
Director Francois Depeyron evokes the look and feel of nostalgia extremely well, recalling films like 'Cinema Paradiso' for their wistfulness and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2004
Even when the material is rather thin and obvious -- and it sometimes is -- Sharif and Boulanger's performances make Monsieir Ibrahim agreeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 1, 2004
Hardly challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 30, 2004
A slight-but-charming French heart-warmer that gives Omar Sharif his best role since... well, since Lawrence of Arabia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
April 23, 2004
Sharif still has that twinkle in his eye and a commanding screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kent Turner
April 15, 2004
[Pierre] Boulanger joins Keisha Castle-Hughes of Whale Rider as one of this year's strongest juvenile performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 12, 2004
Charming but sentimental...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 9, 2004
The [movie's] two halves are larded with European coming-of-age cliches... and never meld into a satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 9, 2004
Thanks to Sharif's performance, this French-language import is made quite watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 8, 2004
Since there's no real-world grit to go with the grace, the story comes off as shallow and unaffecting.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 2, 2004
Better when it's resisting the need to be about something, the movie starts strong.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2004
That rare film about the sort of emotionally needy people who don't wear their neediness on their sleeves.
| Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 1, 2004
His performance is a vivid reminder that Sharif, 71, is still out there and capable of doing fine work when it is offered to him.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
March 26, 2004
In this first sequence in Monsieur Ibrahim, Moses appears a typical teenaged boy, trying out his masculine prerogative and simultaneously unsure of what he wants.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 25, 2004
Tender but never sappy, Monsieur Ibrahim brings two people of vastly different age and background together in ways that are touching, and telling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
A mystery at heart, about identity, fatherhood, religion and how early transistor radios transformed young people's lives. On that level, it is utterly engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 16, 2004
Anchored by two superb performances, the film becomes slightly more engaging than it has any right to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 12, 2004
Contrary to expectation, it's neither a movie about religion nor the coming together of enemies. What it is, at heart, is a movie about love.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 12, 2004
Sharif proves that at age 72 he can still command the screen.
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