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Hala Reviews

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April 24, 2019
A Muslim teen's growing pains lead to one of the year's best dramas.
February 8, 2019
"Hala" is unique, bringing a new, much-needed perspective to the coming-of-age genre
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 5, 2019
Baig provides a Muslim perspective, fitted in a touching coming-of-age story, that balances the familiar with the foreign to pull for a girl whose strength of freedom is at once powerful and quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2019
A coming-of-age story with inconsistent storytelling but a strong lead performance from Geraldine Viswanathan.
February 4, 2019
Geraldine Viswanathan can do gross-out humor and slapstick, but here she proves her range and, hopefully, longevity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2019
Geraldine Viswanathan's performance confirms what 2018's "Blockers" suggested: this is a movie star in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 1, 2019
Sundance has offered plenty of coming-of-age stories throughout the years. Few are as effective as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2019
Hala is a breath of fresh air that reminds us that as long as we live authentically, with compassion and understanding, the world around us is far easier to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 1, 2019
This is a persistently quiet film; always human and alive, but also told with the solemnity of someone who knows they're sending a ripple through a body of water that's been still for thousands of years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 29, 2019
It's an exquisite, well-crafted drama and like Hala, you'll be eager to see where Baig goes next.
January 27, 2019
Baig mines her personal story, and the specific details of head scarfs and arranged marriages, for both gentle humor and profound heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2019
Unfortunately, the touches that endear us to Hala during the first half of the film are almost nonexistent in its second half, adding up to a choppy, incoherent finish.
January 26, 2019
Minhal Baig's coming-of-age story starts from an interesting place, but can't overcome clichés and poorly defined characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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