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A Stranger Among Us Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2014
There's apparently something about Hasidic Jews that makes normally talented and reasonable filmmakers turn otherwise straightforward thrillers into harebrained hootfests.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
It would be hard to think of a worse idea than casting Melanie Griffith, with her soft-as-down little-girl voice, as a jaded New York homicide cop.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 21, 2008
Plot is overloaded with hard-to-take factors.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All too obviously influenced by Witness, the film fails on all counts.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The extremely farfetched solution to the murder mystery is not helped by a shrill, over-the-top performance from the perpetrator.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Lumet's no-bull New York sensibility clashes repeatedly with Avrech's romance-novel mawkishness.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If there has ever been a crime, in all the history of crime movies, that has a lamer solution than this one, I cannot remember it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Oy vey.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A preposterous cop movie that meets a romanticized portrait of the Hasidic community.