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  • Summary: A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. As in David Lean's "Brief Encounter," the suspense in Cairo Time comes from what doesn't happen between its pair of "lovers."
  2. Ms. Clarkson's performance as Juliette, the fashion-writer wife of a United Nations functionary, is the film's reason for being. She makes yearning palpable. She turns mysterious silences into a language of love.
  3. 75
    Cairo Time is a valentine to Egypt.
  4. Cairo Time may be your ticket if you're in the mood for love, but the excursion is a cut-rate journey.
  5. 63
    Given the rarity of such movies, and such opportunities for an actress like Clarkson, Cairo Time earns some indulgence for a pace that Westerners may find languid.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Rosman
    For a movie defined by its restraint, this travelogue is remarkably physical; as a valentine to the rueful desire of grown-ups acquainted with both joy and disappointment, the film is a true rarity.
  7. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    The fourth feature from Canadian writer-helmer Ruba Nadda ("Sabah") has a slightly breathless, old-fashioned feel, calling to mind the cliched fiction found in the type of ladies' magazine the heroine edits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. JohnR.
    Aug 7, 2010
    Good fil. Lingers in the mind.
  2. Sep 6, 2010
    Really beautiful, lush, intoxicating film. Seductive and inviting. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of beautiful, artful filmmaking. Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2010
    Si no fuera por la gran Patricia Clarkson y por la fascinante -por lo menos en el filme- ciudad del Cairo, el más reciente largometraje de la cineasta canadiense Ruba Nadda no pasaría de ser un mero telefilme romántico. Pero con esos escenarios y con esta actriz, nada de eso. Además, hay que admitir que la señora Nadda dirige con solvencia esta sobria historia de amor nunca consumada. Expand
  4. Lyn
    Jul 3, 2011
    One reviewer's reference to "Brief Encounter" is apt: So much hinges on what may be left unsaid and undone. Enjoyable as long as you're not expecting much drama. The atmospherics of Cairo were quite entrancing -- though they seemed sanitized compared to what's gone on there recently and the revelations of how threatened women are, even walking down the street fully covered. I'm a big fan of Patricia Clarkson, in everything from "The Station Agent" to old "Frasier" reruns; she wraps up warmth, humor, strength and loneliness in one delicate package. In this, she's looking a bit wan and wizened . . . but does a good job keeping you wondering whether she will break from her usual moral code or not. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2011
    Did I enjoy it. Yeah i did. Sortof. Would i watch it again. Nope. Its a nice scenic tour around Cairo and is certainly a nice relaxing movie to watch. But , one of its failings is the lead female character. She appears mute and unsuitable to the role. There is no chemistry at all emancipating from her. If the movie had concentrated as much on the script and on the chosen female lead as they did with the scenery then it could have been good. Remnds me of an alright black and white movie. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    The movie is quite nice to watch, except for, and am I the only one to notice, I wonder, the main female character. She is nauseatingly ugly, and her looks make it hard to believe that any sort of chemistry could possibly exist between her and...a man. Why spend all that money on making a movie, and then cast someone with the looks of a witch from the woods ? I don't get it... Expand