Lila Says

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. The result, although more sexually provocative, is not nearly as gratifying as was his (Ziad Doueiri) breakthrough film.
  2. Had director Ziad Doueiri focused on the resentful Arab youths who clatter provocatively around the edges of his Marseilles-set drama, he might have discovered something interesting.
  3. 40
    One long tease, not just because it keeps promising sex it doesn't deliver. It teases at deeper themes and cultural commentary.
  4. Results in a film that's more exploitative than sympathetic. Compared to the works of fellow Francophone directors Catherine Briellat and Clare Denis, Doueiri's depiction of female sexuality in Lila Says is both wooden and pat.
  5. The picture's effect: the sexual element is trenchant, while the status of Muslim youth registers strongly.
  6. 60
    The story's message is less than profound, but it's vividly delivered.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Easy on the eye but light on originality.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 24, 2007
    10
    Beautifully captivating. Reminisant of youth. Poetry on film. Elegant, fierce, dreamy.
  2. KHil
    Dec 30, 2006
    9
    Beautiful movie, the first one that has really engaged my intellect in quite a long time. At first glance there is barely a story beyond teen Beautiful movie, the first one that has really engaged my intellect in quite a long time. At first glance there is barely a story beyond teen agnst (if even that), but there are so many levels to analyze Lila on. Does she represent the separation between good and evil? Is she really an angel, rewarding those who are good and excluding those who are bad. She seems to be an agent of the earth and nature but also of a higher being... her sexuality, though not even her own, is not inherently good or bad, but a representation of the female and of, paradoxically, innocence. A fantastic film. Full Review »
  3. AlP.
    Nov 16, 2006
    10
    Superior work in this film, with a moving end, and camera work that leaves nothing to chance, apart from maybe one's imagination. Superior work in this film, with a moving end, and camera work that leaves nothing to chance, apart from maybe one's imagination. Excellent movie.. excellent execution and congratulations to Vahina and Ziad.! Full Review »