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My Brother the Devil

Not Rated In Theaters 03/22/2013 , 111min.
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Total Film
What distinguishes My Brother The Devil is El Hosaini’s maturity in avoiding faux-doc grittiness, political grandstanding or flashy glorification in favour of an intimate, closely observed character piece. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
Even those who aren’t well-versed in the-’hood-always-wins dramas can see what’s coming. So it’s to newcomer Sally El Hosaini’s credit that she embeds a tangible, lived-in sense of the region’s diaspora community and urban criminal underbelly (wagwan, near-indecipherable East End patois!) that’s leagues away from anthropological fetishizing. Full Review
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
While on the surface, this is a variation on boyz-in-the-‘hood dramatic staples, the film is rooted in anglicized Arab culture yet universally accessible in its reflections on identity issues. It’s a very promising debut – slick, muscular, entertaining and emotionally satisfying. Full Review
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
The plot doesn’t entirely escape formula, and the ending is jagged and forced, unable to commit to either hope or gloom. But for at least part of its length, My Brother the Devil brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale. Full Review

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