"Beautiful imagery reinforced by a haundting soundtrack.. Reality and illusion, documentary and fiction are indistinguishable... Ithaki is a product of classical guerrilla filmmaking."
-- Christa Paula, The Bite

"Batout revives a notion of contemporariness in filmaking by avoiding a storyline that evolves around a particular plot... Nothing could have made more the beauty of the film than its characters with their differences, specialities and yet normalcy."
-- Lina Atallah, The Daily Star

"The work is outstanding on numerous levels: the freshness of the acting, the innovative and unusual non-sequential approach to the storyline and above all the score, a haunting soundtrack sung by Karima Nayt whose pathos perfectly evoked the sadness in these ordinary lives..."
-- Sarah Carr, Al Ahram Weekly