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Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 27, 2011
. The basic plot - a man and a woman traveling and talking - is reminiscent of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Before Sunset films, but the way in which Certified Copy calls into question the nature of reality is more akin to Inception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2011
The conclusion is abrupt and unsatisfying, but the philosophical dialogue Kiarostami manages to keep aloft for well over an hour touches on intriguing questions of openness, self-honesty, and personal freedom.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 7, 2011
The movie threatens to become a sketch about a coquette and a boor squabbling at each other to little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 1, 2011
"Certified Copy" promises more than it delivers, but the limited portions are fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 31, 2011
There's a divinely comical lightness to Binoche here: Even in states of conniption and complaint, she's floating, albeit manically.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
Certified Copy is a slighter but more ingratiating film and a chance to see a master filmmaker in uncharacteristic playful mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 24, 2011
Certified Copy is a genuine triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 18, 2011
The Iranian-writer director Abbas Kiarostami has always been enthralled by the shifting planes of fantasy and reality. His latest film, Certified Copy, is his fullest expression of that entrancement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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March 18, 2011
A film as audacious and radical as any likely to see theaters this year.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2011
It is a calm sort of dream, a serious work about love and truth and fraudulence and authenticity done with a mysteriously light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2011
Kiarostami is playing with us. That he does it so well is a consolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2011
Kiarostami never completely spells things out, assuming audiences can think for themselves and appreciate all the film's subtleties and reverberations. Let's hope he's right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
A brilliant, endlessly fascinating work.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2011
Kiarostami has a wonderful star in Juliette Binoche and an interesting find in William Shimell, a British opera singer making his dramatic-film debut.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 11, 2011
A film in the form of a question, but my, how lovely the inquiry is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 11, 2011
Abbas Kiarostami, Juliette Binoche, and Tuscany: The movie Certified Copy had me at hello.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 11, 2011
It is literate and engrossing, with excellent performances by Binoche, who won the best-actress prize last year at Cannes, and Shimell, in his screen debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 11, 2011
Despite its modernist sensibility, there is little reason to be intimidated, unless you find the character of James abhorrent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Like its central couple, the film is a volatile mix of the studied and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 10, 2011
Ultimately, the film's slow-building, eventually overwhelming emotional pull gives Certified Copy its shape and pace.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rob Nelson
Variety
March 10, 2011
More compelling as an intellectual exercise than an emotional one.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2011
After years of working on photography, poetry and more experimental films, Abbas Kiarostami makes an engaging return to narrative cinema in a delicate, bittersweet comedy set in romantic Italy.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 9, 2011
Has the appeal of a middle-aged Before Sunrise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
March 9, 2011
What is cinema but an elaborate simulation that, in the hands of an artist, mines real truth from fiction? By that criterion, Certified Copy is indeed the genuine article.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 8, 2011
Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy is exactly that: The Iranian modernist's first feature to be shot in the West is a flawless riff on our indigenous art cinema.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 8, 2011
This may infuriate some. It delighted me. Others might find the whole idea, well, pretentious. It's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2010
Offers a shambling, multilingual discourse on the nature of art and the nature of marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 1, 2010
If there's a problem with the film, it's the idea that two people would instinctively choose to immerse themselves in unbroken role play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5