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80
All of Loach's formidable strengths, which include a sense of humor, come together in the wrenching A Fond Kiss.
80
The New York Times
For the most part, Paul Laverty's screenplay and the strong, naturalistic performances lend it a specificity that sets it apart.
70
L.A. Weekly
Gradually, and with a kind of inquisitive generosity, the filmmaker's scope expands to take in Casim's parents and two sisters, whose public shame and private despair at having the only son move in with a “goree” - a white girl - is made palpably, wrenchingly real.
70
The film is beautifully told and superbly acted. More importantly, Paul Laverty's screenplay goes along way toward showing how the traditionalism that can turn a community inward on itself is often a response to racism, and in that sense the film's timing couldn't have been any better.
60
Village Voice
Despite the agreeable lead performances, it's one of Loach's more forgettable films.
50
Things are too predictable. Perhaps the viewpoint is to blame.
40
Variety
The flatness of several of the key performances badly lets down this promising material.

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