Detroit Unleaded
Detroit Unleaded (2013)

Between Detroit and Arab-America, Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of a 24-hour gas station with his cousin Mike. Inside this unique neighborhood, the station is more than just a pitstop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Cast largely with local first-time actors, the film is strikingly authentic and has the ragtag charm of a community art project.

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Steven Boone

The filmmaker's cart is tugging frantically at a lazy horse.

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Jamie S. Rich

The unique cultural setting of "Detroit Unleaded" is refreshing, even if some aspects of the story are old hat.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Big of heart but small of impact, the Arab-American rom-com "Detroit Unleaded" has all the kick of watered-down ethanol.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

"Detroit Unleaded" is about as gentle as comedies come these days, commendably so.

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Prairie Miller

Laced with ironic, offbeat humor and bittersweet urban surrealism. And a rare glimpse in US movies, into the social, emotional and psychological impact of the workplace on the human condition.

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Alissa Simon

Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station.

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Time Out

A quasi-fairy-tale ending suggests the director and cowriter was content with shrugging her shoulders when it came to tying things up, but the knee-jerky close can't spoil the film's vibrant cultural and environmental specificity.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Sweet, but not too sweet, amusing, but not laugh-out-loud funny, and occasionally suspenseful, but not palpably.

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