The Perfect Candidate

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A message movie admirable for its subtlety as well as its execution, The Perfect Candidate faces oppression and powerfully advocates for change.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    The Perfect Candidate lacks a distinct visual grammar ... but as a film that recognizes the giant strides small wins can make for women, it feels significant.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    The pleasure of the film rests not in the plot, which is so placid as to be anti-dramatic, but in the minutiae; as ever, Al Mansour homes in on the everyday workings of condescension and conformity.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    Most of the value in this film comes from the peek it gives us into life as a Saudi woman - a life that is changing, Al-Mansour points out, albeit too slowly for some.
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    Jessica KiangRolling Stone
    The Perfect Candidate is fresh and hopeful not just because of the series of rather schematic triumphs that its narrative describes, but because it is a specific portrait.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    The movie's lived-in acting and unhurried pace make it a better-than-palatable viewing experience.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    Less a hand-wringing dispatch from a repressive land than a judiciously glossy nudge toward a better world, "The Perfect Candidate" isn't complicated, yet earns its mixed/hopeful conclusion
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sarah BoslaughTheArtsStl
    ...the whole film is teeming with life, and al-Mansour balances the restrictions Maryam must daily face with vivid portrayals of the joys of sisterhood and the dynamics of all-female gatherings...
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    Kent TurnerFilm-Forward.com
    An underdog tale that also offers perhaps the most expansive look at contemporary Saudi Arabia in a feature film.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    The Perfect Candidate ... becomes a bit too distracted by Abdulaziz's story and the broad ideas of Maryam's campaign to dig into ... deeper issues.
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    Sr. Rose PacatteSt. Anthony Messenger
    Directed and cowritten by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the story deals with bias against women but also celebrates their strength as Maryam, her coworkers, and sisters take on challenges to improve the lives of the people.
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