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Based on 26 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a haunting and hypnotic film. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The melancholic, beautiful Cairo Time confirms two things that hardly need confirming: The Egyptian capital is a breathtaking metropolis, and Patricia Clarkson is one of the best actors in the world. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Clarkson's performance as Juliette, the fashion-writer wife of a United Nations functionary, is the film's reason for being. She makes yearning palpable. She turns mysterious silences into a language of love. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    As in David Lean's "Brief Encounter," the suspense in Cairo Time comes from what doesn't happen between its pair of "lovers." show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Writer-director Ruba Nadda's film is ultimately like a summertime flirtation that never quite comes to anything. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Aside from the sweltering Egyptian climate, little heat or excitement is generated by the film or its attractive stars. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Cairo Time is the kind of quietly romantic chamber piece one wants to speak up for, in part to support the small but growing band of Arab women making their mark on national cinemas both East and West. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Like so many movie love stories before it - from Murnau's "Sunrise" to Linklater's "Before Sunrise," and beyond - Cairo Time is about two wandering lovers, people spending time together without realizing how precious that time will come to be. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Cairo Time is a valentine to Egypt. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Rarely is an actress asked to do so much with so little -- and even rarer does that actress succeed as well as Clarkson does. show more

  • September 11, 2010 joyceand
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    Well intentioned but honestly the 2 leads, who are both talented, were like cardboard cutouts with little to do but demonstrate their repressed longing for one another.

  • September 07, 2010 Nat and James
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    A beautiful little gem of a movie. Romatic travelogue to Egypt with great acting by lead actor and actress. The culture , emotions, contemplation, romance, danger and mystique, all a big part of why I enjoyed it. It is pure escapist entertinment and had a realistic ending. Just a nice film all together.

  • August 29, 2010 Steve
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    had a hard time not looking at my watch, and its only an hour and a half..good acting....but SLOW

  • August 25, 2010 laurklpp
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    unbelievablely slow .... bring something to read along with you! Also beware .. you must love love love looking at Patricia Clarkson's face ... because it is in every frame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • August 21, 2010 Susi
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    Ignore The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reviews. I saw this film last November at The American Film Market in Los Angeles. It is excellent ... a tender, yet mysterious and subdued romance set in Cairo. The cinematography is breahtaking and the dialogue and silent exchange between the actors beautiful and captivating. I kept waiting for its U.S. release, so I could FINALLY see it again.

  • August 19, 2010 bellasylvester
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    No one has rated this movie because no one has seen it, it is not playing unless one travels 300 miles. Why is it not playing in the theaters; we would like to see it?

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