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Satin Rouge Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2002
Lackluster and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2002
The movie has lots of dancing and fabulous music. There are slow and repetitive parts, but it has just enough spice to keep it interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Linekin
November 19, 2002
The biggest problem with Satin Rouge is Lilia herself. She's a cipher, played by an actress who smiles and frowns but doesn't reveal an inner life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
August 23, 2002
A sensual performance from Abbass buoys the flimsy story, but her inner journey is largely unexplored and we're left wondering about this exotic-looking woman whose emotional depths are only hinted at.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Wachs
August 16, 2002
While certainly more naturalistic than its Australian counterpart, Amari's film falls short in building the drama of Lilia's journey.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 3, 2002
an essentially awkward version of the lightweight female empowerment picture we've been watching for decades
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 19, 2002
It takes you somewhere you're not likely to have seen before, but beneath the exotic surface (and exotic dancing) it's surprisingly old-fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
A movie that has charm but shows weaknesses not uncommon for a novice director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2002
Though the path to self-assurance may seem a little dubious, you can't knock it too hard. After all, it worked for Lilia. And it worked for Amari.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 8, 2002
This Cinderella story is not new, but director Raja Amari makes the scenes in the club so vibrant and lush that we feel what it's like for Lilia to be there.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Global Rhythm Magazine
January 12, 2007
A daring drama that addresses how a wanton woman copes with a strict social structure that would deny her any outlet for her animalistic urges.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2002
Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 29, 2002
Leading a double life in an American film only comes to no good, but not here. Matters play out realistically if not always fairly.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2002
An ebullient Tunisian film about the startling transformation of a tradition-bound widow who is drawn into the exotic world of belly dancing.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 22, 2002
The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
August 23, 2002
The powder blues and sun-splashed whites of Tunis make an alluring backdrop for this sensuous and spirited tale of a prim widow who finds an unlikely release in belly-dancing clubs.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2002
Warm and exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
Has its own special flavor.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 4, 2002
I wish the belly-dancing scenes had been more nimbly shot but found it a small revelation to see a movie in which women too plump for Hollywood-style dancing are shown lighting the fires of male fantasy.
| Original Score: B
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