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February 20, 2018
"My Brother the Devil" offers something simultaneously, paradoxically rehashed and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2013
An often gripping coming-of-age story involving rival gangs, societal pressures, self-discovery, brotherly affection, and drugs.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2013
The attention El Hosaini gives to the physical structures in this neighbourhood is a poignant reminder of the lack of focus there generally is on the people who live inside them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2013
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.
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2013
The film takes an insightful look at subtle cultural and socioeconomic differences, as well as similarities, during troubled economic times.
May 10, 2013
A story of brothers that's both tough and tender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2013
Ultimately feels a little flat, but there's promise that the director will carry on to stronger work, with several scenes here delivering exceptional grace and texture that all but guarantees a bright cinematic future.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 25, 2013
Sally El Hosaini shows a deft hand in her story telling and direction belying her inexperience behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2013
When a both a dog and friend of Rashid's are killed in a violent gang encounter, El Hosaini frames both of their lifeless bodies on the street in a powerful image that tells of two innocents both bred to fight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2013
[El Hosaini] has a devil of a time getting a handle on this complicated story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2013
Familiar youth crime/coming-of-age framework, novel setting and focus group.
April 12, 2013
El Housani's freshman effort is certainly visually accomplished, but there's precious little meat on its bones.
April 5, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 3, 2013
Highly recommended. (Writer-director) El Hosaini handles the various volatile relationships within the film with intelligence and sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 30, 2013
An engrossing debut from director Sally El Hosaini, My Brother the Devil is as authentic, emotionally complex and powerfully acted as any film you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 22, 2013
Unsure performances and some decades-old gangster-film stereotypes hamper this acute, beautifully shot portrait of Egyptian teenagers fighting to survive in a rough London neighborhood.
March 22, 2013
For at least part of its length, "My Brother the Devil" brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
March 21, 2013
El Hosaini fights the conventions of the brotherly gangster melodrama, but the conventions win.
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