Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Tells a story we think we already know, but we're wrong: It has new things to say within an old formula.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Beautifully acted and written so its themes are touched upon glancingly rather than with full force.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
A slow-moving but heartfelt film.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While the film pivots around Nazneen, perhaps at the expense of other characters, it doesn't sell her short. This is a rich, revealing and elegant portrait, and one well worth spending time with.
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By James Berardinelli
The characters in Brick Lane must define themselves and determine where "home" is before they can move forward, and that dramatic conflict lies at the heart of this motion picture.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A sensitive and occasionally poetic film, Brick Lane is an absorbing tale of personal empowerment and emotional growth.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Easily, the best character in the film is Nazneen's tubby husband, who's been angling to take the family back to Bangladesh.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Well-acted and grounded in reality, Brick Lane is never overly emotional, even when it deals with the days after 9/11.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
One of those feminist cries in the dark in which the heroine, a saintly sufferer, is more admirable than interesting.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Has beautiful scenery and some enjoyable moments but leaves the viewer feeling the need to find the book to get the rest of the story.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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