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A Stranger Among Us Reviews

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May 3, 2014
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2014
Despite the high-concept kitchiness of its premise, A Stranger Among Us is a satisfying drama with genuine star quality at its core.
May 3, 2014
It's a great-looking picture, photographed in glowing tones by Andrzej Bartkowiak, a regular collaborator on Lumet's films.
November 22, 2009
What could easily have been another irritatingly earnest, clueless depiction of orthodox Jewish stereotypes, unfolds as an involving, challenging, and (most importantly) respectful treatment of [an] oft misrepresented religion
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2005
A fantastic performance by Thal....genuinely captivating
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2003
Halfway through this fascinating drama, it becomes clear that the filmmakers are less interested in solving the crime than in conveying the spiritual dynamism of the Hasidic community.
January 1, 2000
Sidney Lumet keeps the film consistently intriguing and often on a philosophical level.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
February 3, 2016
A Stranger Among Us is rife with laughably heavy-handed instances of plot and character development...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2014
[Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 3, 2014
A Stranger Among Us is an unwieldy yarn that plays passion against faith and tradition in a most unconvincing manner.
May 3, 2014
If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see A Stranger Among Us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2014
Scenes of life among the Hasidim are soft and amber-tinged, in keeping with Lumet's idealized conception of their lives. The effect is so pronounced that it begins to grow comical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 3, 2014
Lumet made the regrettable choice of sacrificing credible character development and a worthy script for the sake of maintaining Hasidic authenticity and attenuated scenes of religious observances.
May 3, 2014
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
There's apparently something about Hasidic Jews that makes normally talented and reasonable filmmakers turn otherwise straightforward thrillers into harebrained hootfests.
May 3, 2014
Like Griffith's character, the film falls in love with the traditionalist Hassids, choking on scene after scene of ethnic dancing and stuck-on beards, every interior bathed in a golden Hovis advert glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2014
A career low-point for both Griffith and director Lumet who, frankly, should have known better.
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