The Perfect Candidate

critic Reviews

, 92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The Perfect Candidate's plot grips and amuses, but it's the colour that draws you in - that and the dextrous central performance from al-Zahrani...
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    Linda MarricThe Jewish Chronicle
    Perhaps the most admirable thing about Al-Mansour's approach here is that she isn't beyond relying on artifice and melodrama to advance the story.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The most subversive aspect of Haifaa al-Mansour's film may be the kind of change it puts in front of us: inching not sprinting, some way from perfect.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    [I]t's deeply thrilling - possibly one of the most exhilarating moments you'll see in a film all year.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    [Haifaa al-Mansour] goes where no one's gone before and makes it look easy.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    For [director Haifaa al-Mansour], it's ... an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in Saudi Arabia by courageous women just like her.
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    Susan WloszczynaAWFJ Women on Film
    he film ends with several victories, both big and small.
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    Joanne LaurierWorld Socialist Web Site
    Her [Haifaa Al-Mansour's] new movie is too pleased with itself and focuses on the smallest of small change.
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    Olly RichardsNME
    A subtle message movie from one of the world's most important filmmakers.
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    Rebecca HarrisonThe Afternoon Show
    A powerful film about systems of oppression and personal emancipation with glorious cinematography and a stand-out lead performance.
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