(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
90
This movie may not have the highest production values you've ever seen, but it's the work of an artist, one whose view of America, history and the awkwardness of human life is generous and deep.
90
New Times (L.A.)
It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Maryam is more timely now than ever.
75
A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.
63
New York Daily News
Though it's ultimately rather heavy-handed, this drama about an Iranian-American family is heartfelt and topical.
63
New York Post
Well-meaning but flawed drama.
60
Its subject -- ethnic profiling during a time of international crisis -- could hardly be more contemporary.
50
This modestly produced drama isn't acted or directed with much flair, but it shows a welcome awareness of the complex links between personal and political impulses.
50
Forget the sometimes stilted acting. Forget the occasional scenes that are borderline cliched. Instead, focus on the message and the raw emotion.

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