Caramel Synopsis
Five women meet regularly in a Beirut salon to talk and confide in one another.
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Critic Ratings

70
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A brisk dramatic comedy that combines melodrama, humor and social critique in equal measure.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Well-made and modestly enjoyable.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Warmly shot (by Yves Sehnaoui) and comes with a strong, burbling soundtrack of Arab pop; it slides down easily and occasionally too easily.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Labaki, who studied filmmaking in Lebanon and France, has a deft touch and nice instincts.
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75

Premiere

The penetrating musical score, with its memorable shadings of emotional danger, the snappy and confident pacing and the emergence of...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Caramel is a sweeter and more believable version of "Steel Magnolias," Middle Eastern style.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A Lebanese variation on sweetly soapy dramas about Women Who Bond With Wet Hair.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
All but one of the actresses in Caramel are nonprofessionals -- not unprofessional, just untrained in the craft -- and they are, to a...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Warm-hearted and accessible, it could benefit from good word of mouth in a limited art house run, particularly among audiences who like...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's refreshing for a romantic comedy not to follow the formula by rote. I only wish I could be as enthusiastic about the amount of screen...
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not good

By glxy2
more of a chick flick. i don't know why i saw it...

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By robertawehbe
A great movie. The characters were rich and diverse. I wanted more. I have been to Lebanon a few times and was married there. My loving sister in law used the sugar hair removal on me for my wedding,...

Excellent

By alexabdelnour
I have to say that I was impressed by the power of Nadine Labaki, whether it was the quality of the movie, the stories, the scenario, the acting, the comedy/drama smooth transitions, the...

Excellent

By SABA253
The movie Caramel had a European flare to it, in the direction and the artistic expression. Its style was definitely not American. It exposed the Lebanese culture and in a positive way and yet was...

CARAMEL

By frenchfringe39
As an Arab-American I enjoyed the movie very much. I understand the arabic language and for those who do not, they will understand it as well. I enjoyed the different lives of these women. It is...

Good, interesting movie

By Cincinnati_guy
I write this review as a person who has never been to Lebanon, nor do I speak Arabic or French. With those caveats out of the way: I found this movie to be quite interesting and entertaining. Very...

Sweet Performance

By booniebainies
This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie from start to end. It is set in an old neighborhood in Beirut, and follows the love lives and drama of five women. The movie, which shows the warmth of the human...

Caramel

By mary_ghaleb
'Caramel' was the best Lebanese movie I have ever seen. Not only was the acting great - especially Lili - but the fact that there were underlying messages in it, make 'Caramel' a success in my...

Great!!

By rrpcys
Great film to see with your girlfriends, leave the guys home. This was a breath of fresh air compared to all these science fictions, horrors or silly comedies that are being shown in the movies...

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By pop7corn
I loved the movie....

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Rated PG | For thematic elements involving sexuality, language and some smoking