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Salama gently, effectively examines the role religion can play in one's life and outlook versus how a secular, more free-thinking existence may offer greater latitude but not always better or happier choices.
Dangles something fun, only to deliver something sober, neither angle well-realized enough to make a satisfying whole.
Salama ... uses playful juxtapositions and time-jumping plotlines to make serious points about compassion, generational friction and family dysfunction.
An admirably personal film that I truly enjoyed, and believed, as an accurate study for a familiar profile
The arresting visuals at their most peculiar would be my biggest reason to recommend seeing Sheikh Jackson, but it's worth watching because it's a good coming-of-age story with a nuanced depiction of faith and a strong character arc at the centre.
While it has some offbeat charm, this innocuous but highly uneven Egyptian drama lacks the polished execution to match its heartfelt ambition.
Quiet drama Sheikh Jackson tells a coming-of-age story and a come-back-to-God story that barely meet in the middle.
[Salama is] asking us to wonder when enough is enough and when wholesale submission to God becomes a detriment to the health of your soul.
... lived-in power comes through in Sheikh Jackson, despite its shortcomings.
[Ahmad] Alfishawy's expressive eyes, the winsome premise and dialogue by writer/director Amr Salama are strong.
What could have been just a quirky tale of a boy's pop star obsession ultimately becomes an amazingly profound tale of self-love above all else.
While the story's ultimately pretty familiar, the religious angle adds some intriguing complications to the usual tropes.
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