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Hala Reviews

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January 24, 2020
The filmmaker marries an American indie aesthetic with a uniquely immigrant narrative for something fresh, vital and worthwhile.
January 16, 2020
I came to wonder if it's an adaptation of a short film. As it turns out, it is.
December 27, 2019
How Hala allows its characters to navigate that messiness-how the film refuses to align itself with black and white presentations of "good" and "bad"-is intentional and commendable.
December 23, 2019
A coming-of-age story carried by the grace, sensitivity and emotional intelligence of the young actress Geraldine Viswanathan.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2019
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.
December 9, 2019
Geraldine Viswanathan delivers a star-making performance in director Minhal Baig's terrific new Apple TV+ original film.
December 4, 2019
Young Australian Geraldine Viswanathan delivers a performance of tremendous poise, prowess and resonance in this affecting new coming-of-age film.
December 2, 2019
Hala shines a new light on the tropes of teenage self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 26, 2019
Sensitive and unsparing, Hala is a solid character study rooted in its perceptive skin. Thought-provoking and lyrical, Hala defines a certain type of referential glow that more teen girl-based dramas should follow with unshakable conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2019
Poetic coming-of-age tale tackles religion, youth with care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2019
Director Minhal Baig's attempts at cinematic lyricism, all slow motion and pensive strings on the soundtrack, make the movie do nothing so much as lie there on the page.
November 22, 2019
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.
November 22, 2019
Writer/director Minhal Baig's gentle and attentive sophomore feature Hala possesses something inherently extraordinary by just being about a young, female Muslim-American.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2019
A coming-of-age tale, a compelling directorial debut, and a slight corrective regarding both teen movies and the American Muslim experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2019
Although its storytelling is at times naggingly staid, its central characterizations teem with complexity and sensitivity, and for that, it's a modest coming-of-age gem.
November 21, 2019
As Hala tests the boundaries of faith and sexual desire (her name means "halo" in Arabic, and it feels like a burden), the movie is unsparing about gender roles and the awkwardness of first-time fumblings.
September 26, 2019
Baig has brought out a thought-provoking scenario that is both realistic and demands attention.
September 19, 2019
Baig's film is an introspective character study that's best in its quieter sequences. Viswanathan's insight into the character of Hala and Baig's knack for bringing that out cinematically make [...a...] wise and contemplative film.
September 15, 2019
Hala is ultimately an insightful, touching character study that forces us to reconsider what it means to be female, Muslim and American.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2019
At its core, what makes this film work is Baig's personalization of a traditional coming-of-age tale that she delivers with the right amount of gumption and contemplation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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