May In The Summer
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To all appearances, May Brennan (Cherien Dabis) has it all -- intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancÚ Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of Ziad's Muslim faith and is firm in her decision to not attend the ceremony. Her sisters Dalia (Alia Shawkat) and Yasmine (Nadine… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The vibe is like that of a Lifetime movie that happens to be set in Amman rather than American suburbia. Just sub in camel sightings in place of white-tailed deer."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Refreshingly normal middle-class family in modern Amman and diversity of people give the familial dynamics added interest for a rare and lovely, if mild, view from Jordan."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"On the whole, though, May In The Summer just never distinguishes itself in any way that isn't superficial."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off."
‑ Ed Gibbs, sbs.com.au
"There's goodwill to go around in Dabis' modestly engaging yarn, from its appealing performances to the times it zeroes in on the ways culture, tradition and individuality cause headaches and heartaches as much as comfort."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"As a director, Ms. Dabis ("Amreeka") deftly avoids sentimentality. The film falls somewhere between slight and satisfying in its ultimate irresolution."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"A pleasant but unremarkable retelling of a story as old as the Dead Sea itself."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Something of a vanity project, but a different, Westernized spin on your typical Life in the Middle East story"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"What we end up with is a Miramax film from the early-to-mid 1990s. Something a tiny bit edgy to watch on VHS back in the day, but something you don't need to feel too guilty about skipping today."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush
"It's diverting to watch and has moments of brilliance, but even with all its refreshing female characters, "May in the Summer" doesn't leave a lasting impression."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"As much as May in the Summer is a comedy-May and her mischievous sisters may remind you of The Three Stooges-it is also an intimate and demystifying look at life in Amman, where the movie was actually filmed."
‑ Matthew Kassel, New York Observer
"Dabis has concocted a fairly engaging family dramedy, which would have been a lot better if her own character weren't such a paragon."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Cherien Dabis is least successful at connecting her character May's marital crisis to the rumblings of her repressed heritage."
‑ Nick Prigge, Slant Magazine
"The drama never fully takes off, and the laughs are too few and far between to offset the film's fundamental deficiencies."
‑ Michael Nordine, Film Threat
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