My Brother The Devil (2013)



Critic Consensus: A tough, tender tale of familial angst with careful attention to detail, My Brother the Devil is a strong debut from director Sally El Hosaini.

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A masterful debut from one of England's boldest and brightest new talents, Sally El Hosaini's MY BROTHER THE DEVIL stars James Floyd as Rashid, a young man from a traditional Arab family who runs with a gang that rules the streets of Hackney, one of London's most ethnically-mixed and historically volatile neighborhoods. Rashid's younger brother, Mo, (Fadi Elsayed) idolizes his handsome, charismatic older brother and dreams of following in his footsteps, but Rashid envisions a different life for … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Aymen Hamdouchi, Sally El Hosaini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2013
Box Office: $10.3k
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Critic Reviews for My Brother The Devil

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13)

It's an impressive debut by a director blessed with a strong voice and a knack for bringing a specific cultural milieu to vibrant life, defying convention even while working within its strict limits.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Globe and Mail
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My Brother the Devil brings a fresh and mature perspective to a story of shifting relationships between siblings, clearly marking the Egyptian-Welsh writer-director as someone on a path to greater things.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Toronto Star
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A story of brothers that's both tough and tender.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Washington Post
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"My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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For at least part of its length, "My Brother the Devil" brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
New York Post
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Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale, and although the film's melting-pot patois is occasionally too dense to decipher, we get the gist.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for My Brother The Devil

An excellent film exploring issues of family, religion, culture, sexuality, poverty and what it means to be a man in challenging circumstances. Great direction and an excellent performance by James Floyd. Highly recommended.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

An at times riveting look at a life of crime concerning how an older brother (James Floyd) starts to see his younger brother (Fady Elsayed) drift into the same life of crime he is desperately trying to get out of. A promising initial setup is sadly hampered by average acting and a plot that does not know where it wants to go, before finally settling on trying to be a hard-hitting melodrama. The result is an average, disappointing movie that could have been so much better had it picked a lane and decided to stick with it, with a sexual identity storyline feeling forced and not entirely genuine. It is far from a terrible movie, it does some things pretty well, especially at the beginning of the film, but as said, like its characters the direction feels insecure and amateur when it should be confident and assured.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

There is so, so much going on beneath the surface of what at first appears to be a rather ordinary London based youth/gangster film. Wonderfully shot in Hackney and with at least three standout performances, Sally El Hosaini's debut feature has at it's foundation a strong, well written script layered with explorations of grief, religion/faith, sexuality and morality, and the many contradictions, hypocrisies and realisations therein.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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