Raja Synopsis
A middle-aged Frenchman (Pascal Greggory) obsesses over a young Arabian (Najat Benssallem) .
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext. It stands with...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Doillon never lets his characters slide into cliche. They act and react from a wealth of contradictory impulses and long-standing...
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80

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Even without all the other complications, Doillon's handling of the language gap alone gives Raja a pungent dramatic edge.
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling...
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80

Variety

By David Stratton
Intriguing, provocative and very well acted.
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
It plays out as an unsettling solipsistic love story--an account of erotic obsession with a family relation to "Of Human Bondage."
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's little to enjoy in this unsettling tale, but Doillan's unblinking depiction of manipulation and desperation stays with you long...
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Raja, which is basically a dark comedy about how this odd couple manipulate each other, is extremely well acted, though the direction by...
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Rated NR