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Here is one more piece of the puzzle that is American life - a piece that has never made it to the screen before. You wonder how many others are missing.
There are some very good individual sequences, and Naz and Maalik's romance is vulnerable and touching, but the film doesn't hang together.
Despite its deficiencies, "Naz & Maalik" feels authentic, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook bring their characters completely alive.
A refreshing and relevant cinematic representation, "Naz & Maalik" is an impressive debut for filmmaker and actors.
Taken as a whole, "Naz & Maalik" is more of a curiosity piece than a magnet for any sort of discourse, let alone controversy.
Naz & Maalik unfolds with a youthful vitality, bolstered by the charm of its lead actors.
If you are open-minded enough to spend some quality time with two gay guys struggling with their own identities, then you will find something sweetly unique in Naz & Maalik.
Naz and Maalik themselves are unique, but the story they're put in doesn't delve deep enough into the issues that it naturally brings up to be truly satisfying.
As the title suggests, the film is at its best when the focus is the existential struggles of the two leads.
[A] gentle coming-of-age tale which harkens back to indie films of the early nineties with its gentle pace and guerrilla spirit.
It's rough around the edges, but this tender and heartfelt drama mostly steers clear of stereotypes.
Naz & Maalick is far from perfect but it's silently moving in its romance and delivers a pairing that we don't often get the chance to see in films.
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