The Taqwacores
The Taqwacores (2010)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 5, 2011
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sarah Cohen
Time Out

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Why anybody should care about these people is the question of the week.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

If it argues about what it means to be young, Muslim and American, it does so with some tedium at its edges.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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...

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The storytelling is so muddled and the filmmaking so unpolished - and not in a good way - that mostly this movie is just unpleasant.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

From this intriguing beginning, sadly, a laboriously scripted and acted drama unfolds...

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