A Stranger Among Us
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When a Jewish jeweler is found dead and his store is missing more than one million dollars in diamonds, a New York police detective (Melanie Griffith) goes undercover in a community of Hasidic Jews to find the criminal. Once she is immersed in the community, she falls in love with one of the most devout members, who helps her find the criminal. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles 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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A Stranger Among Us is an unwieldy yarn that plays passion against faith and tradition in a most unconvincing manner."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Despite the high-concept kitchiness of its premise, A Stranger Among Us is a satisfying drama with genuine star quality at its core."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like Griffith's character, the film falls in love with the traditionalist Hassids, choking on scene after scene of ethnic dancing and stuck-on beards, every interior bathed in a golden Hovis advert glow."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"[Lumet] may be the quintessential New York director, but A Stranger Among Us argues that he should stay out of Brooklyn."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see A Stranger Among Us."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Lumet made the regrettable choice of sacrificing credible character development and a worthy script for the sake of maintaining Hasidic authenticity and attenuated scenes of religious observances."
‑ , People Magazine
"A career low-point for both Griffith and director Lumet who, frankly, should have known better."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It's a great-looking picture, photographed in glowing tones by Andrzej Bartkowiak, a regular collaborator on Lumet's films."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Released in British cinemas as Close to Eden, this is a flop under any name."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
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