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  • Summary: Yusef is a first-generation Pakistani-American engineering student who moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “un-orthodox” housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore – a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk shows at night. Ultimately, Yusef begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. A powerful and original story of punk Islam in the USA and the discovery of oneself within the confines of religion.(Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 21, 2010
    67
    Deepens as it plays out, and rewards viewers who stick with it through the clumsier passages. The film is moving and thought-provoking.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 22, 2010
    65
    Ideally, The Taqwacores should be seen with "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam," a new documentary that provides a better sense of the scene's aims and motivations. Zahra's jumpy feature film captures much of taqwacore's energy, but less of its meaning.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 22, 2010
    60
    The actual Taqwacore movement is distilled in blatantly simplistic fashion, but Zahra does capture the novel's adolescent excitement, in which a new generation rediscovers rebellion all over again.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Whether anyone over the age of 16 will find the film's proud amateurism and choir-preaching personally enlightening, much less profound, is anyone's guess.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 11, 2010
    30
    As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for maintaining a thin veneer of tiresome obnoxiousness over exploring the contours of an emotionally complicated subculture.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 26, 2010
    30
    Extremely crude in its technical elements, the low-budget film does reveal stylistic ambitions through devices like frequently reverting from color to black-and-white film stock. But the shaky narrative style and broad characterizations undo its effectiveness.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Oct 22, 2010
    25
    There's certainly a good movie to be made about Muslim punk musicians in the US, but this isn't it.

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