May In The Summer
May In The Summer (2014)

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 fiancé Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2015
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Dabis's character comes off as a self-serving fantasy.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Notable chiefly for its knowing, comfortable depictions of female relationships, sibling relationships, familial relationships. Also its determination to rise above some of its more sitcommy plot points.

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

While May in the Summer paints a compelling family portrait, May remains a largely opaque character, so the film doesn't totally deliver as a tale of her self-discovery.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Dabis covers a lot of ground as a storyteller while delivering a smart, focused performance.

Tom Long
Detroit News

You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best.

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Javier Ocaña
El Pais (Spain)

If you're looking for a deep reflection on Jordan and the Middle East, this isn't the film for you. [Full review in Spanish]

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Ultimately you're left with a drama so contained, it can be neatly wrapped up in single sentences of passed-on wisdom.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Manu Yáñez

The film itself is very regular, but when the family drama kicks in everything gets more interesting. [Full review in Spanish]

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