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Hala Reviews

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 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 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.
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 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 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.