A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.
… The film gets right to the emotional heart of a youngster’s quotidian struggles by blasting them through the wildest genre kaleidoscope to hand. In Polite Society‘s case, that’s martial arts. Daily Telegraph (UK)
Blending a heightened sense of reality with martial arts moves and heist movie tropes, Polite Society… is a joyful romp all its own. Vox
Polite Society is a fun film that explores cultural norms, and when they aren’t adhered to, it can be seen as an impolite gesture not to conform. Deadline Hollywood Daily
A genre-mixing delight, made possible by Manzoor’s dedication to her characters, story, and wild premise.RogerEbert.com
The repartee is peppy and clever, and the scheming, fighting and colourful design delightful. Financial Times
From the first blow to the last, Polite Society is a charm offensive that simply doesn’t let up. Slant Magazine