"Tunisia’s ambitious Oscars entry from female writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania offers a provocative contemporary take on a Faustian bargain. An audacious but not always palatable mix of drama, tragedy, romance, satire and dark humor."
"However archetypal the characters become — sometimes it feels like Xiao Bei is the bad-boy boxer and Chen Nian is the good-girl hope-for-redemption from a classic film noir — the electrifyingly real performances, especially from a riveting, guttingly empathetic Zhou, convince us of the emotional truth."
"A grand-slam of a feature directorial debut. Rachel Sennott’s eerily hypnotic and often far-too-relatable turn as Danielle takes an already excellent script and elevates it to the status of — dare I say — an instant classic."