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  • Summary: A strikingly bold portrait of oppression and high tension in suburban America. It is the story of Sahira Abdel-Karim (Osuna), a young Egyptian-American woman in a California wedged between two distinct worlds, haunted by memory and bount by tradition. Beyond Honor is an emotionally resonantA strikingly bold portrait of oppression and high tension in suburban America. It is the story of Sahira Abdel-Karim (Osuna), a young Egyptian-American woman in a California wedged between two distinct worlds, haunted by memory and bount by tradition. Beyond Honor is an emotionally resonant meditation on gender roles and the dynamics of power within a small community. (International Film Circuit / Cine02) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. 75
    Raised in Mumbai, classically trained actor-turned-writer-director Khanna addresses the volatile issue of women's rights within Islamic households, and if his sensationalistic debut feature makes its point with a heavy hand, it's also starkly effective.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Though it can't hide occasionally crude dramatics, pic is an undeniably bold and daring tragedy.
  3. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    50
    This mélange of softcore porn, overheated melodrama, and harrumphing moralizing transcends taste--its lurid insanity goes beyond good and bad, right and wrong.
  4. 25
    Melodramatic and heavy-handed.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    20
    Terrible movies about trivial subjects are commonplace and inconsequential, but a terrible movie that grapples with potentially inflammatory subject matter is far worse, because its aspirations are higher - which makes the failure of Varun Khanna's moralistic drama all the more spectacular.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    10
    As the movie turns into a shrill revenge tragedy, complexity is discarded. The characters might as well be stapled to Popsicle sticks.
  7. Featuring one-note characterizations, laughable dialogue, an overwrought musical score and technically poor filmmaking values, the film ultimately is utterly reprehensible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SoniaS.
    Nov 28, 2006
    10
    This is one of the most powerful films that I have seen. I can't believe this happens in our world. A tragedy on the level of the great This is one of the most powerful films that I have seen. I can't believe this happens in our world. A tragedy on the level of the great Greek tragedies. Compeling. It left me and my girlfriend riveted to the screen. Had to wait for people to leave the theatre before we could back on our legs. This one gets a 10. Super acting. What a great movie. Expand
  2. AndrewR.
    Apr 1, 2006
    8
    Grips you from the very onset. A feeling of foreboding throughout the entire film. A feeling of inpending tragedy. I agree that in parts Grips you from the very onset. A feeling of foreboding throughout the entire film. A feeling of inpending tragedy. I agree that in parts there may have been some "emoting," but the film carried titself very well. An excellent film, about an awful topic. An excellent first film for Varun Khanna. I forecast many powerful films based on this first one.Excellent score. Excellent casting. Excellent storyline.Excellent sensitive representation on social commentary.Searing performances by Osuna and Andrawis. Expand