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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though it's only 72 minutes, by the time it's over, you'll be ready for it to end. Still, as a glimpse of the Arab world right before the Arab Spring, this documentary may be of some lasting interest. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie is fast, funny and light on its feet, dipping less into politics or religion than into cultural quirks and characteristics. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The idea that self-mockery makes people relax is tricky. One man's disarmament is another's minstrelsy, and the fine line is well worth another documentary. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The American Muslim comedian Ahmed Ahmed does lots of jokes about how he isn't a terrorist. How odd: As I sat through his tepid act, I could have sworn he was bombing. show more

  • 25
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Rather than a mature, multifaceted approach, the director's portraits of Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh, and Cairo are heavy on still-photo montages comprised primarily of smiling young people and spontaneous encounters with random jokesters. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The result is not so much a documentary as an engaging, if didactic, travelogue with embedded yuks. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Despite its brief running time, the film feels padded by sightseeing footage and a warm but diversionary visit between Ahmed and his Cairo-area relatives. Still, Just Like Us proves an amusing, uniquely unifying effort. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    Funny, thoughtful and, with its quasi-travelogue voiceover by helmer-comedian Ahmed Ahmed, best suited for a cable outlet that won't cut the vulgarity upon which so much depends. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    The film is largely effective as a breezy travelogue. Still, Ahmed plays the "Muslims, they're just like us" bit a little too hard, pointedly ignoring the obvious parallels between the "freedom" provided by imported stand-up and the endless McDonald's signs that flicker throughout the region. show more

  • 60
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    A laudable if lightweight argument for broader minds and thicker skins. show more

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