Baran Reviews

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Top Critic
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
The film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the tender performances of the two leads, Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 24, 2003
Uma comovente (e divertida) história de amor.
| Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2003
Filled with honest performances and exceptional detail, Baran is a gentle film with dramatic punch, a haunting ode to humanity.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
March 30, 2003
a wonderfully warm human drama that remains vividly in memory long after viewing
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
December 20, 2002
It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 19, 2002
The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 13, 2002
It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity.
| Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 1, 2002
The film's sharp, often mischievous sense of humor will catch some off guard...
| Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 24, 2002
This rather superficial arthouse middle-brow film knows how to please a crowd, and that's about all it does well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Shawn Levy
September 6, 2002
Baran isn't the most transporting or gripping film from Iran -- or, indeed, by its director -- but it's a worthy companion to the many fine, focused films emerging from that most surprising of nations.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 5, 2002
Juxtaposes a vibrant, modern Iran against the harsh existence of its refugees for a film that is both political and powerfully personal.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 9, 2002
[Majidi] makes us think twice about immigrants we see around us every day.
Yazmin Ghonaim
August 5, 2002
Offers viewers an honest portrayal of the realistic dilemmas confronting its characters and of the inspiring ways by which they learn to overcome them.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2002
The universal theme of becoming a better person through love has never been filmed more irresistibly than in 'Baran.'
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
July 19, 2002
The movie itself is timeless and universal, at once artless and sophisticated in its ability to engross.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
More timely than its director could ever have dreamed, this quietly lyrical tale probes the ambiguous welcome extended by Iran to the Afghani refugees who streamed across its borders, desperate for work and food.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2002
At the right time of day, in the right frame of mind, Baran can and should be appreciated as a work of delicate and unmistakable beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 18, 2002
Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 28, 2002
The film has real grace, and it delivers the plight of Afghan women as well as any report filed from the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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