Critic Consensus: Supported by a powerful central performance by Geraldine Viswanathan, Hala offers an insightful look at a young woman's journey of self-discovery.
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The film shines with a glorious commitment to the emotional evolution of its female characters, which James Sizemore's score accents with notes of subtle agony.
Young Australian Geraldine Viswanathan delivers a performance of tremendous poise, prowess and resonance in this affecting new coming-of-age film.
Hala shines a new light on the tropes of teenage self-discovery.
Viswanathan's resounding yet quiet performance allows the audience to see Hala for who she is - a smart, funny, intelligent, angsty, confused, and completely normal teenage girl.
Writer/director Minhal Baig's gentle and attentive sophomore feature Hala possesses something inherently extraordinary by just being about a young, female Muslim-American.
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