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A disappointing misfire for director Sidney Lumet, A Stranger Among Us tries to tell a murder mystery and a fish-out-of-water love story, doing a disservice to both. Read critic reviews

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A New York policewoman (Melanie Griffith) enters the Hasidic community to investigate a diamond-robbery murder.

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Critic Reviews for A Stranger Among Us

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (32)

  • A Stranger Among Us isn't emotionally on a much higher level than a Harlequin romance, but Lumet keeps the actors in front of us, and we enjoy watching them.

    May 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • [Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn.

    May 3, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Sidney Lumet is obviously fascinated by the Hasidic community, and he displays this fascination by presenting the Jewish characters and settings with affection and respect.

    May 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although it's enjoyable as a bittersweet, fish-out-of-water love story, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us is less effective when it transforms itself into an exotic whodunit.

    May 3, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A Stranger Among Us is eerily devoid of precisely the kind of urban detail and atmosphere that has always given Lumet`s work its authority, even when his storytelling falters.

    May 3, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Griffith's artless embodiment of the script's deranged idea of tough-gal gumption isn't as amusing as it should be. She's a B-picture heroine stuck in an absurdly self-conscious prestige project.

    May 3, 2014

Audience Reviews for A Stranger Among Us

  • Mar 07, 2008
    One critic said, "the filmmakers are less interested in solving the crime than in conveying the spiritual dynamism of the Hasidic community." That nails it. It's worth watching for that. The rest is pretty weak.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2007
    A personal favorite.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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