A Stranger Among Us
A Stranger Among Us (1992)

To investigate the robbery and murder of a diamond dealer, a female detective goes undercover amongst New York City's Hasidic Jews. This drama focuses on her efforts to continue the investigation in her new surroundings, which becomes… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

A Stranger Among Us isn't emotionally on a much higher level than a Harlequin romance, but Lumet keeps the actors in front of us, and we enjoy watching them.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Although it's enjoyable as a bittersweet, fish-out-of-water love story, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us is less effective when it transforms itself into an exotic whodunit.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A Stranger Among Us is an unwieldy yarn that plays passion against faith and tradition in a most unconvincing manner.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

A Stranger Among Us is eerily devoid of precisely the kind of urban detail and atmosphere that has always given Lumet`s work its authority, even when his storytelling falters.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see A Stranger Among Us.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Director Sidney Lumet is obviously fascinated by the Hasidic community, and he displays this fascination by presenting the Jewish characters and settings with affection and respect.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Griffith's artless embodiment of the script's deranged idea of tough-gal gumption isn't as amusing as it should be. She's a B-picture heroine stuck in an absurdly self-conscious prestige project.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Scenes of life among the Hasidim are soft and amber-tinged, in keeping with Lumet's idealized conception of their lives. The effect is so pronounced that it begins to grow comical.

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A personal favorite.