“Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s unforgiving political thriller, which incrementally shifts focus from the grimy back streets of Cairo to the highest levels of parliament in the course of a scandalous murder investigation…. The Nile Hilton Incident represents the type of penetrating filmmaking that only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly accomplish…. Perfumed with an enervated atmosphere of decrepitude and stale tobacco smoke, Saleh’s striking feature parts the curtains on an era in the final throes of decline before it’s overwhelmed by historic change. In the final weeks before the regime of President Mubarak collapses in the face of overwhelming demonstrations and crippling labor strikes, the well-greased wheels of corruption are still grinding away in the back alleys of Cairo. Middle-aged detective Noredin gets a call to investigate a murder at the Nile Hilton Hotel in downtown Tahrir Square. Examining the body of the female victim, Noredin determines that her throat was slit in what looks like a professional hit job and identifies her as pop singer Lalena…. By linking the film’s timeline to Egypt’s deteriorating political situation leading up to the revolution and the first outbreak of major protests, Saleh reinforces the rapid unraveling of Noredin’s life and career. With Noredin’s options dwindling, the film sheds the restrained procedural pacing of the first half and shifts into more of a thriller mode as the murders and double-crosses escalate.”—Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter