Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Jun 19, 2012
    80
    Showing a keen, compassionate eye for human observation, Özge reveals how each of his character's lives is as gridlocked as the cars on the bridge.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    A powerful portrait of working-class Istanbul that artfully suggests a wellspring of found moments. Quietly, steadily, it gathers a resonance belying its slice-of-life scale.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Jun 19, 2012
    70
    Raw yet respectful and tenderly observed.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    All in all, this is a carefully modulated plea for tolerance and mutual understanding.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 19, 2012
    60
    The result is a fascinating, if somewhat scattered, meta attempt to straddle modernism and realism, creating an aesthetic purgatory oddly similar to the film's geographical one.
  6. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 19, 2012
    50
    If director Asli Özge has said something about modern-day Istanbul, she's done it in fairly broad strokes that may be too far apart for the sake of a discernible narrative.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    Jun 19, 2012
    40
    Despite one or two nice moments and the naturalistic tone, it's all a bit of a slog.

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