"Delivers something pure, melodic and precise."
— The New York Times
"Just about every scene of this film is thoroughly riveting."
— Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
"Feels like a revelation. A pitch-perfect Bradford love story."
— Mark Kermode, The Guardian
"Ali & Ava has an undeniable and attractive glow of authenticity."
— Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"In its understated way, the movie is a celebration of the miracle of connection."
— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"A tender tale with two brilliant leads, and one of Barnard’s finest films to date."
— Cheyenne Bunsie, Little White Lies
"In the end this is a heart-warming film about seizing that second chance in life and not letting go."
— David Stratton, The Australian
"Ali & Ava is a gentle, emotionally-charged drama that doesn’t placate the viewer with unrealistic ideas about love."
— Emily Zemler, Observer
"There’s an authenticity to Ali & Ava’s unshowy love story that hits deeper because it’s a drama that really could belong to anyone."
— Wenlei Ma, News.com.au
"A compassionate and tenderly performed love story, with a musical current coursing through it. British cinema is lucky to have Clio Barnard."
— Beth Webb, Empire Magazine
"Movies so rarely show us something as wonderfully, believably ordinary as Ali and Ava’s love — which is precisely why it feels so extraordinary."
— Justin Chang, NPR
"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."
— Jude Dry, indieWire
"Barnard smoothly dovetails the lighter moments with the dark and makes sure to not skirt the traumatic moments in Ali and Ava’s marriages. Akhtar and Rushbrook handle these intense character revelations like pros, never feeling the need to veer into melodrama."
— Emily Bernard, Collider
"A pair of wonderfully winning performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar lie at the heart of this unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama from British writer-director Clio Barnard. Ali & Ava is a vibrant work that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a streetwise tale into a diegetic musical, with genuinely surprising results."
— Mark Kermode, The Observer (UK)