About Elly Reviews

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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
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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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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 7, 2015
It is perhaps Farhadi's richest, most complex and ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2015
[A] suspenseful domestic intrigue deeply rooted in traditional Iranian mores and social codes.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 7, 2015
A fascinating discovery from a filmmaker whose sensitivity to the most confounding motivations is equalled only by his compassion for those who succumb to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 30, 2015
About Elly is an exploration of human nature and how sometimes, without intending to, we hurt the ones we love most - including ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
April 24, 2015
This is the fourth of [Farhadi's] six movies, and by this point he's begun to perfect the art of withholding and is close to mastering emotional suspense.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 10, 2015
The dense interweave of relationships, a Farhadi specialty, is continually compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 10, 2015
It's breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it's a perfect film.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 9, 2015
It has taken six years for this terrific film to work its way back to us, and if possible I think it's even better and more relevant in 2015 than when it was made.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 9, 2015
"About Elly" shows that the ethical dilemmas of ordinary adults can, with this level of talent, become as gripping as any thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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April 8, 2015
A thriller perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
April 8, 2015
As with director Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning "A Separation," this new film lets truth slowly be revealed through mystery - and after a shocking incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
April 8, 2015
This is clearly the work of a master in the making, an artist on the cusp of greatness. Farhadi may be fixated on fibbers, but there's almost no one working today who makes films so emotionally honest.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 7, 2015
You begin to wonder to what extent the film is a critique of an entire society in which the disparity between tradition and modernity is irreconcilable.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 7, 2015
This superb, suspenseful film ... opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
April 6, 2015
About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 6, 2015
"About Elly" both clutches us tight and shuts us out, adding wave upon wave of secrets and lies.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 11, 2012
The film's escalating energy, hysteria even, and moral debates will invite comparisons to the hothouse drama of 'A Separation'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alissa Simon
Variety
July 6, 2010
While not equaling the depth of characterization of Farhadi's previous films, About Elly takes the complexity of his storytelling to a fascinating level. However, the variable quality of the thesping also prevents the pic from being his best work.