A Separation Reviews

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Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Ambiguous endings can work for some films, but it doesn't here. Still, the powerful performances and near seamless screenplay leave little else to be desired. A Separation deserves its Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2012
A case study in how simplicity can produce spectacular results that extend far beyond a film's budget.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alice Tynan
Limelight
August 5, 2012
[A] flawless domestic portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
... a complex and nuanced movie about the ... the collapse of a relationship between intelligent people of good will. It is heartbreaking and subtle, the sort of film that some folks say isn't made often or well enough by the usual Hollywood suspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
A Separation infuses a great insight into modern Iran with a powerful insight into the human condition - this demonstrates the power and poetic potential of cinematic drama. It's a MUST see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 25, 2012
Writer-director Asghar Farhadi performs some kind of miracle with the tension and complexity he produces from such a simple set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
April 19, 2012
...riveting, enormously resonant and impressively acted...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 2, 2012
Fahardi's accomplishment is to have brought to the screen a group of equally complex, equally flawed, and equally human characters whose only real problem is that they must live life with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 2, 2012
Offers an unwritten ending that must be decided by each viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 20, 2012
... subtlety and a sense of profound decency ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
March 11, 2012
A clever, insightful and heartfelt examination of human frailty that makes watching subtitles seem like a breeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 11, 2012
It's fast paced, exciting, thrilling, edgy, moving, engaging, and - in its portrait of a justice system almost radically alien to the one I live under - absolutely fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 11, 2012
Although the film might serve as a portrait of Iran's two conflicting social groups as reflected in the Green movement/Ahmadinejad clashes, it is much more about moral contradictions that any society has to face. A masterpiece.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 9, 2012
It's the little moments in Farhadi's film that are its most important, speaking every bit as loudly as its big, narrative-driving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
March 7, 2012
If any one film can re-inject life into an entire national cinema, it's A Separation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2012
You may also find that some aspects of this very foreign story seem disturbingly not all that foreign.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
March 6, 2012
Nothing earth-shattering happens in A Separation, but the straightforwardness of this view of a disintegrating marriage, set in the context of complicated cultural and religious morés, is dramatic by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 5, 2012
An outsider could see these characters as misguided. That's not the reality however. Farhadi slips us into their shoes and we appreciate each of their perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 24, 2012
An eye-opening experience, and a fascinating glimpse into a culture that's totally alien to my eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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