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  • Summary: In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. In the salon, their intimate and liberated conversations revolve around men, sex and motherhood, between haircutsIn Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. In the salon, their intimate and liberated conversations revolve around men, sex and motherhood, between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    A brisk dramatic comedy that combines melodrama, humor and social critique in equal measure.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    It may be a first film, but Labaki, employing a cast that is full of non-professional actresses, is a slick and knowing filmmaker. Her multiple plot lines are neatly braided and though her characters are conventionalized they are also charming and capable of surprising us.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Caramel is a sweeter and more believable version of "Steel Magnolias," Middle Eastern style.
  4. All but one of the actresses in Caramel are nonprofessionals -- not unprofessional, just untrained in the craft -- and they are, to a woman, enchanting. So is this Lebanese comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    70
    Warm-hearted and accessible, it could benefit from good word of mouth in a limited art house run, particularly among audiences who like their rom-coms laced with foreign ingredients.
  6. It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love.
  7. 50
    Caramel, by the way, gets its name from a blend of sugar, lemon juice and water that is boiled until it turns into a paste used to remove unwanted hair in the Middle East.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. MHD
    Mar 29, 2013
    10
    An Amazing Movie Nadine Babaki Is a great director From Her First Movie She Give us an incredible Cast And A Lot Of True Stories about theAn Amazing Movie Nadine Babaki Is a great director From Her First Movie She Give us an incredible Cast And A Lot Of True Stories about the Lebanese Girls. A stories That Any Girl Can Face it. It's A Sweet And Charming Movie. Expand
  2. PeterK.
    Jul 7, 2008
    10
    A charming and lovely Lebanese film with superb music and exceptional characterizations - at once both universal and yet distinctively A charming and lovely Lebanese film with superb music and exceptional characterizations - at once both universal and yet distinctively Lebanese: it pursues a group of women seeking beauty and love in a society which may or may not permit that search. I adore this film and highly recommend it. Expand
  3. TimM.
    Feb 17, 2008
    10
    Thoroughly enjoyable! The score and cinematography are terrific, and the performances (especially Labaki's) are irresistible. Must-see.
  4. JoseS.
    Nov 29, 2008
    10
    Very good film. Keep the good work Nadine.
  5. BethC.
    Apr 29, 2008
    9
    This is a very charming film that women will particularly enjoy. The characters are true-to-life and the descriptions of Lebanese life are This is a very charming film that women will particularly enjoy. The characters are true-to-life and the descriptions of Lebanese life are fascinating. This is a great slice of life focused around the women at a Lebanese beauty shop, both touching and humorous. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    9
    An astonishing director's debut, showing unrivalled artistic uniqueness. Combines social rationalism while embraces the cultural aspect ofAn astonishing director's debut, showing unrivalled artistic uniqueness. Combines social rationalism while embraces the cultural aspect of contemporary Lebanon milieu. A realistic and touching inside look to women bind in the traditional norms yet striving to stay modern. Exceptional soundtrack selection and original music. A mosaic of female feelings. An ambient so gracefully presented that you can almost see yourself living there. Expand
  7. HumprtP
    May 12, 2009
    4
    Too many clichés. Too excited. But beautifuly filmed, nice warm atmosphere.

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