My Brother The Devil Reviews

Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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.
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 10, 2013
A story of brothers that's both tough and tender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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
Top Critic
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
March 21, 2013
El Hosaini fights the conventions of the brotherly gangster melodrama, but the conventions win.
Top Critic
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
March 21, 2013
It's refreshing to see a new generation reinterpret the classics. James Cagney would be proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 20, 2013
It's far superior to what usually comes out of the British slums in the genre of gangland thrillers.
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
March 19, 2013
Even those who aren't well-versed in the-'hood-always-wins dramas can see what's coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
A tender, bracing fraternal drama of London's gang life, the immigrant experience, and questions no smaller than what "manhood" might mean to young men whose traditional cultures are colliding with the worst-and the best-of the secular west.
Top Critic
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Sally El Hosaini brings sensitivity, distinctive identity and an invigorating adrenaline charge to a story of criminally inclined youth in suburban East London in her dynamic first feature.
Top Critic
John Anderson
Variety
January 26, 2012
An energetic and imaginative tale of siblings at a criminal crossroads.