The Sheik and I Image
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  • Summary: When an American filmmaker is commissioned to make a film for a Middle East Biennial on the theme of 'art as a subversive act,' his film is banned for blasphemy, he is asked to destroy every copy, and he is threatened with arrest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Dec 4, 2012
    70
    The Sheik and I is funny and visually inventive, which leavens its often bleak vision of the state of freedom in the some parts of the world.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 7, 2012
    60
    Poking the bear of repression has consequences beyond Mr. Zahedi's immediate artistic goals, as this layered, intermittently fascinating documentary makes abundantly clear.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Dec 12, 2012
    40
    This meta-theatrical attempt at creating a comically subversive film is far too self-indulgent to provide insight into its important themes.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Dec 4, 2012
    25
    The film is ultimately more concerned with Caveh Zahedi's attempts to pursue a variety of dull passing fancies than with any larger agenda.