Murtada Elfadl

Murtada Elfadl Pro

Culture writer/critic and film curator
for film reviews find my writing
 @ Variety and AV Club

Favorite films

  • Carol
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Nightingale's Prayer
  • All About My Mother

Recent activity

  • Cuckoo

  • Love Lies Bleeding

  • Hollywoodgate

  • No Other Land

Recent reviews

  • The Outrun

    The Outrun


    A committed performance in an empty shell of a movie that has no point of view whatsoever

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    Barrino barely gets out from under the long and formidable shadow of Goldberg’s star-making performance. She’s hampered by being introduced late in the film—Phylicia Pearl Mpasi plays Celie as a teenager—and at the same time as Brooks and Henson, who both have flashier roles. It takes Barrino a while to settle in and steer the limelight her way. She delivers the signature song “I’m Here” with clear voice and potent emotion, but the indifferent framing of that number and the…

Popular reviews

  • Mapplethorpe


    This is the type of biopic where real historical people introduce themselves by stating their full name the first time they appear.

  • Falling in Love

    Falling in Love


    There’s a scene where Robert De Niro asks Harvey Keitel if he’s handsome, and I’m yelling YES at my screen. Bob, you are hot and handsome and cute and everything!