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Metascore

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100
Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion.
80
Village Voice
Stirring, sad, and at times truly frightening.
80
A Sinner in Mecca is a suitably messy mix of the gritty and the surreal, the wrenching and the transcendent, from the midst of the trek to Islam’s holiest site.
70
When an infidel makes a film about traveling to an Islamic country that doesn’t accept his way of life, you expect a little more tension.
63
Slant Magazine
What the film lacks in narrative unity and aesthetic splendor it makes up in moral grandeur and ethical purpose.
60
People often use the term “dangerous filmmaking.” Here is someone willing to put his life on the line for his art.
50
It is a well-intentioned film that buries its affectionate heart in disjointed, unnecessary, forced banter.
40
Sensationalizing every moment of his hajj (pilgrimage) while calling attention to his devotion, the helmer comes across as far too pleased with himself, though countering the demonization of Islam is a necessary goal.

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