The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The result is a movie about the many forms of social and sexual abuse that does not make the abusee a victim but victor.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As it becomes clear that Ball, in essence, has just restaged American Beauty with a socially conscious paint job, the sensationalism of Towelhead looks more and more like a dramatic tic.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The heart of the movie is really in Jasira's moments with her father, a mass of contradictions that Macdissi plays with comic ferocity and genuine feeling.
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By Bob Mondello
The performances are nicely calibrated, even when the director isn't meshing them into a persuasive whole. Summer Bishil makes Jasira an appealing naif -- smart, precocious and curious, if too easily led by hormones.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The potency of the acting is also undercut by leaden pacing and a sense of claustrophobia.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As a first-time feature director, though, he (Ball) seldom lets the material speak for itself. Every shot is a statement, every scene sells an attitude.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Ball's trying to be honest about adolescent coming of age, but since he's dishonest about everything else, the movie collapses in on itself.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Ball knows one trick, and it's sure over.
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57 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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