Towelhead Synopsis
A Lebanese-American teen on the cusp of sexual awakening goes to live with her strict father.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia...
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88

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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67

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...
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63

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...
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55

NPR

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...
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50

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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40

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...
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38

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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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Ball knows one trick, and it's sure over.
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POWERFUL RIVETING RELEVANT COMPLEX HUMANIZING! GRADE: A

By MOVIES REVIEWER
I just saw TOWELHEAD at tonight's advance press screening - and I have to THANK director Alan Ball for having the guts to make this WONDERFUL emotionally thematically complex controversial...

"TOWELHEAD” [a/k/a “NOTHING IS PRIVATE”] -- UN-covering hidden problems. =

By jimchudnow
This film (seen with a q&a by writer/director ALAN BALL who wrote “American Beauty”) is a deeply SERIOUS depiction of problems including various types of abuse suffered by the 13-year-old daughter of...

TOWELHEAD

By GKeir
This is one of the best movies I have seen in years. A serious and cynical drama that only Alan Ball could make. The type of film that makes you think.....think about for days. American Beauty...

Funny and touching

By Moviedude
This movie was funny and touching. The story was very believable in a quirky weird sort of way, and the connections made to real life were spot-on. Well-acted, Aaron Eckhart in a much different role,...

WTF

By dandoosha101
okay this is waayyyyyy dumb arabs are the clasiest most intelegant people alive. and i dont think any other regions in the world can prove otherwise. freakn blonde idiots...

AMazingLY weird

By KiraJa'nai
VERY good though like it had an akward funny to it and i loved it and def reccomend it!...

Bad Movie with pedophile & porn elements

By LasVegasCajun
The worst and most offensive movie of the year is called “ Towel Head” which was previously named "Nothing Is Private". Written and directed by Alan Ball, the man behind "American Beauty" makes a...

fantastic and provocative

By marbaces
Very reminiscent of American Beauty, similar tone, music, subject material. Acting was superb and the topics raised about teenage sexuality, race, parenting, perversion made it quite compelling. ...

towelhead

By davlin
very enjoyable movie. touched on provocative, at times disturbing but realistic issues. excellent acting. prompted interestting idnner conversation after we saw it. don' t miss it...

Salacious

By deleterious1
Definately a guy flick. Lots of titalating stuff. Yet, you see how the writer/producer tries to be politically correct (even to the point of outright sexism agains men) towards the end of the movie....

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Rated R | For strong disturbing sexual content and abuse involving a young teen, and for language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Racism and abuse sabotage teen's sexual awakening.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF