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I Can't Think Straight

When Tala (Lisa Ray) and Leyla (Sheetal Sheth) meet in London and begin to have feelings for each other, it's a problem. Tala's wealthy Middle Eastern family is currently planning her wedding, while Leyla is dating Tala's male friend. But as the forbidden feelings between the two women grow, they learn things about themselves that will change the course of their lives in this drama based on writer-director Shamim Sarif's autobiographical novel.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 13%
Critics' score: 13   Audience score: 59   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The film is too schematic by half and overflows with one-dimensional characters. full review

Variety Staff, Variety

From the wince-inducing title onwards, the script is laughably bad, especially when it attempts seriousnes. full review

Sarah Cohen, Time Out

Buildings and their interiors fare a lot better in this sumptuously lensed and set-designed film. That's because they don't have to talk or act. full review

Susan Walker, Toronto Star

Plugging the same two actresses into different Sapphic scenarios may be a valid filmmaking strategy but it can be an extremely boring one.

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Hw do they tell their boyfriends and parents that they're gay? Conventionally, that's how. full review

New York Post, New York Post

Every image seems to have been Scotchgarded. full review

Jim Ridley, Village Voice

Although she has made two films in rapid succession, Sarif shows no discernible aptitude for her new medium. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The comedic touches are well wrought, but there's a lot of plodding, earnest discussion about Palestine and Israel, when the focus should be on the Lebanese. Sorry -- the lesbians. full review

Anna King, Time Out New York

In exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
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