Lila Says
Lila Says (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lila Says is a vibrantly told coming-of-age story, helped by the sultry charisma of Giocante.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

As sweet as it is dirty.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

In the end, Lila Says is far less interesting than its premise, primarily because we never know what anyone is really thinking.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Induces a rare kind of cinematic immersion and nervous intimacy, thanks to its deft treatment of sexual confusion and awakening.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Though beautifully photographed, there's something creepy at the heart of Lila Says.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

An underdeveloped exercise in carnal awakening that thinks its characters are far more special than they ever prove to be.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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...

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[An] unabashedly erotic cross-cultural love story.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
For the most part a fantastic tale of interracial romance during a time of suspicion and conflict. The Arabs are seen as terrorists or luxurious accessories for… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Lila Says", Chimo(Mohammed Khouas) is a 19-year old living a dead end life with his mother(Carmen Lebbos) while his hanging… More
Leo L
An interesting movie! A story of coming of age and discovering love for the first time. Chimo is young and indecisive about choices in life, but everything… More