Ali & Ava (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ali & Ava (2021)



Critic Consensus: Ali & Ava's tender, naturalistic love story adds another powerful chapter to writer-director Clio Barnard's filmography.

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Both lonely for different reasons, ALI and AVA meet through their shared affection for SOFIA (6), the child of ALI's Slovakian tenants, whom AVA teaches. ALI finds comfort in AVA's warmth and kindness and AVA finds ALI's complexity and humor irresistible. Over a lunar month, sparks fly and a deep connection begins to grow. However, the legacy of AVA's past relationship and ALI's emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage begins to overshadow their newfound passion.


Critic Reviews for Ali & Ava

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

With a certain sense of whimsy and an exceptional ability to tell a unique love story, writer-director Clio Barnard gives two lost souls a new chance at romance.

September 27, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The performances make this worthwhile.

September 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Akhtar imbues Ali with such an aliveness, an electric joyfulness teetering on the edge of sorrow, that he is a whole enough character to fill any unintentional gaps.

September 23, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

You wish this couple well; you wish them a future together where there will be song, and happiness.

September 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Only going from strength to strength, Ali & Ava is another extraordinary achievement in Barnard's unrelentingly impressive filmography.

September 18, 2021 | Full Review…

A quiet study of its characters, Ali & Ava is a fresh take on otherwise well-worn rom-com narratives.

September 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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