Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Movie is so hip-swingingly infectious and leaves us with such a high that it's hard not to suspect that -- handled right -- it could well become the fall version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
  2. Undoubtedly downplays the seamier, less attractive experiences of Arab women and men in Tunisian cabaret culture, and plays up the fairy-tale charm of the universal ''Flashdance'' formula in an unusual setting.
  3. Belly dancing isn't always the most thrilling of dances, but it's a blast to see these women shaking and rolling because they're so thoroughly in charge of the male clientele and their own sexuality.
  4. The movie rides on Ms. Abbass's serenely confident performance. As Lilia metamorphoses from a shy housebound widow into a woman calmly rejoicing in her body and her sexuality, Ms. Abbass marks her character's every blush and hesitation in the process of letting go with a winning delicacy and sweetness.
  5. Although the movie is slow-going at first, it gradually awakens, like Lilia. And then it dances.
  6. Reviewed by: Collin Levey
    It's a simple story, exposing the beauty that lives inside difficult relationships, and it leaves you feeling quietly exalted without ever seeming to try.
  7. In short, I never quite believed the story, but this movie is more about feeling than thinking.
  8. 80
    A sweet and sexy celebration of real women's real bodies.
  9. 80
    Noteworthy for its rich characterizations and startling plot twists, including a delightful surprise ending that is both a sexual double entendre and a matriarchal triumph.
  10. Part of the charm of Satin Rouge is that it avoids the obvious with humour and lightness.
  11. Sincere acting and heartfelt filmmaking add energy to this unassuming Tunisian drama.
  12. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    More than a predictable self-discovery yarn about the caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly.
  13. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    A fascinating examination of the joyous, turbulent self-discovery made by a proper, middle-aged woman.
  14. Both curious from a cultural perspective and refreshing.
  15. The nuances of the performances -- in dialogue and dance -- and the rich, organic feel of the locations mark Amari as a director of significant promise.
  16. Anchored by a terrific performance by Abbass, Satin Rouge shows that the idea of women's self-actualization knows few continental divides.
  17. 63
    A sensual performance from Abbass buoys the flimsy story.
  18. 63
    Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.
  19. Despite some contrived plotting, Amari and Abbass have so much empathy for Lilia's shy self-discovery, it's a pleasure to watch her gradually give in to her newfound joy.
  20. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Predictable as Satin Rouge's plot points may be, it ultimately resists characterization as an amiable and conventional tale of sexual rebirth.
  21. 60
    Vividly photographed in shimmering colors and driven by a propulsive score.

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