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The Taqwacores
Yusef is a first-generation Pakistani-American engineering student who moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new "un-orthodox" housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore - a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk shows at night. Ultimately, Yusef begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. A powerful and original story of punk Islam in the USA and the discovery of oneself within the confines of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"What this rough-around-the-edges but hugely likeable film lacks in budget it more than makes up for in energy, visual flair and, yes, punk spirit."
‑ Sarah Cohen, Time Out
"The shaky narrative style and broad characterizations undo its effectiveness, though the climactic concert sequence... will possess an undeniable fascination for wide-ranging music connoisseurs."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It has energy and humour and a nice bleached out look. And it throws a startling image or off-the-wall piece of dialogue at you every few minutes of its lean 83-minute running time."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"Far-from perfect but bravely interrogates a difficult subject."
‑ Chloe Roddick, Little White Lies
"Stroppy rather than strident and as coherent as a Johnny Rotten rant, it fails to deliver a thoughtful statement on modern Muslim identity."
‑ Eve Barlow, Empire Magazine
"This earnest adaptation of Michael Muhammad Knight's novel is too busy processing events to fully understand them. But director Eyad Zahra is so enthusiastic that he wins us over anyway."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Why anybody should care about these people is the question of the week."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"If it argues about what it means to be young, Muslim and American, it does so with some tedium at its edges."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"America's Muslim punk scene could certainly be considered underexplored, but why this generally bothersome indie drama has to be given such a bleached-out look is hard to fathom."
‑ , Daily Telegraph
"Never less than intriguing, but this is really little more than The Young Ones with a prayer mat."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for maintaining a thin veneer of tiresome obnoxiousness..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The storytelling is so muddled and the filmmaking so unpolished - and not in a good way - that mostly this movie is just unpleasant."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"From this intriguing beginning, sadly, a laboriously scripted and acted drama unfolds..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An abrasive, but surprisingly non-subversive adaptation of Michael Muhammad Knight's cult 2004 novel about Muslim punks sharing digs in Buffalo, New York."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Unapologetically episodic, the movie is designed to awe and shock... and to plunge viewers into a world whose fury is half exotic and half typical of any group of unruly adolescents."
‑ Mark Jenkins,
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