"An enthralling work of subtle power"
— Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
"[Haifaa al-Mansour] goes where no one's gone before and makes it look easy."
— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard
"The Perfect Candidate is fiery and headstrong, and instantly gets you on its side."
— Xan Brooks, Guardian
"[I]t's deeply thrilling - possibly one of the most exhilarating moments you'll see in a film all year."
— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
"For [director Haifaa al-Mansour], it's ... an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in Saudi Arabia by courageous women just like her."
— Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
"While the subject matter may be tough...the film has these really stirring musical sequences and these really rousing dramatic showdowns."
— Mark Kermode Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
"The Perfect Candidate feels like a film that both represents a new era for women in the Muslim world and also one that will help push that movement forward."
— Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"What might not be apparent yet from my description of this explicitly political, nuanced, and angry film is that The Perfect Candidate is also a lot of fun. This is that rare, miraculous thing: a political crowdpleaser that doesn’t sand off its edges in an effort to be palatable."
— Orla Smith, The Film Stage