Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 19, 2013
    Tense, smartly crafted and highly resonant, Aliyah is one of the best films so far this year.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 11, 2013
    A marvelous film, stripped of false urgency.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 13, 2013
    This smart, sober movie makes you feel the full weight of the challenges he faces.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jun 10, 2013
    Wajeman is particularly skillful at obscuring the lines between right and wrong, setting his story in a a dog-eat-dog world whose moral compass is slightly askew.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jun 10, 2013
    [An] intimate and dexterous debut feature.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 14, 2013
    At first, Elie Wajeman’s moody French drama looks like so many other stories to come before it.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 11, 2013
    There’s no sense of what Wajeman is after here. A character piece should have some sense of a character’s who, what and why, right?

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