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About Elly Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
February 12, 2016
The set-up recalls Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura but this mystery becomes a vehicle for social drama and sharp observations of friendships and marriages under pressure.
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
January 2, 2016
Clever, compassionate, and completely riveting.
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
November 11, 2015
The film is both riveting and resonant in overwhelming measures, and will remain one of the best released this year.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 5, 2015
This is a well-written, directed and acted film. The camera work by Hossein Jafarian is excellent. The story has a lot of sustained drama and mystery. Many women will view this very differently than most men in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 25, 2015
[The film has] a flair for the quietly theatrical and the conviction that various codes of gender and honour (religious, tribal, legal, or whatever) outweigh human connections in moments of extreme stress.
Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
August 2, 2015
About Elly stands as another strong example of one of the world's true emerging talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2015
Farhadi has written a first-rate script, enabling intricate plotting to intertwine with well-defined characters, and "About Elly" shows him at ease with the wide variety of situations his writing explores.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 2, 2015
"About Elly" is a stunning surprise package, profound in utterly unexpected ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Cabrita
The Young Folks
July 2, 2015
The director is as concerned with gender politics and the effects of moral traditions as he is with telling a riveting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 1, 2015
Discoveries drive the viewing experience, with layers peeled masterfully by Farhadi, who guides an exceptional cast to realistic stages of shock and sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2015
By the time the mystery is solved, it hardly seems to matter. What matters is the casual lack of honesty that almost everyone seems to depend on.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
June 24, 2015
If you don't know the work of Asghar Farhadi, you should.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
June 12, 2015
Group mentality reaches for one lie after another in Iranian tale
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
May 22, 2015
Farahani, the standout among the cast, has a face Hollywood will soon be touting and can suffer on camera in ways the neorealists would have loved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2015
It's an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 10, 2015
"About Elly" is further certification that Farhadi is one of the world's finest filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
May 8, 2015
Digs painfully deep into gender politics among modern-day middle-class Iranians.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 8, 2015
About Elly is devastating because the lies here are simultaneously necessary, useless, and so dreadfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2015
There are no false notes anywhere in this cast of performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2015
Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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