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A self-styled bad girl leads a teenage boy down a frustrating path in this drama from France. Chimo Jarjoura (Mohammed Khouas) is a 19-year-old student living in Marseilles. Chimo likes to write and has genuine talent, but he hasn't been able to break away from his friends Mouloud (Karim Ben Haddou), Big Jo (Houd Dkhissi), and Bakary (Lofti Chakri), who are more interested in petty crime than in building a future and are suspicious of Chimo's non-Muslim teachers. One day Chimo meets a 16-year-old girl named Lila (Vahina Giocante), and is immediately smitten, especially when she makes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As sweet as it is dirty."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"In the end, Lila Says is far less interesting than its premise, primarily because we never know what anyone is really thinking."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Induces a rare kind of cinematic immersion and nervous intimacy, thanks to its deft treatment of sexual confusion and awakening."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Lila says what's on her mind. And what's on the frankly speaking, flirtatious blonde's mind is sex."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"West Side Story with the songs replaced by Lila's sexual chatter."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Though beautifully photographed, there's something creepy at the heart of Lila Says."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An underdeveloped exercise in carnal awakening that thinks its characters are far more special than they ever prove to be."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's sort of Romeo & Juliet, but with the same kind of urgency the story of star-crossed lovers must have had for the Bard's first audience..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Just because a cupcake looks like a tart doesn't mean it'll taste like one. Big lesson."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Lila ... comes across as a Larry Flynt fantasy of a compliant temptress."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Mostly succeeds in conveying the real- life risks that disgruntled teens will take to prove they're more powerful, more sexy and more in control than they really are."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"[An] unabashedly erotic cross-cultural love story."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Director/co-writer Ziad Doueiri captures the tenderness of young love and the volatility of Lila's sexual openness -- a bottle of nitro that even Doueiri can't handle."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Give Lila Says points for accuracy in titling."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A so-what story, but nicely put together and well filmed by John Daly."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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