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  • Summary: An ambitious Lebanese-American youth is forced to take over his family's gas station after his father's death.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 19, 2013
    70
    Director Rola Nashef's visuals can be clunky, and her script's conversational dialogue is occasionally stilted. Nonetheless, she draws her characters in sharp lines, so that the gaggle of customers who frequent Sami's workplace...feel not like types but, rather, like diverse individuals.
  2. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Nov 20, 2013
    70
    A lively slice-of-life that uses familiar romantic-comedy tropes and a vibrant cast of characters to humorously explore family relationships, cultural identity and love.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Detroit Unleaded is about as gentle as comedies come these days, commendably so.
  4. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Nov 20, 2013
    63
    It compellingly engages with the specific problems of a cultural group rarely represented in American film, but it too easily and abruptly resolves its main characters' problems.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Nov 21, 2013
    60
    The film’s engine stalls from time to time, but it never dies—much like the city it’s set in.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 19, 2013
    60
    It winningly pays homage to the apparently nationwide fraternity of Arab-American mini-mart owners, while letting the Motor City setting provide the economic commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Nov 22, 2013
    38
    The trouble here is a lack of texture and urgency.

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