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Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) Reviews

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times
May 18, 2016
Fireworks is an exhausting film that might telegraph some of its twists, but Farhadi still manages to make them feel devastating in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
April 30, 2016
It was made 10 years ago but plays like new with its timeless scenes of marital strife and all the lying, deceiving and mistrust that go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 29, 2016
Not one of Farhadi's subtler projects.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2016
Tehran on the eve of the Muslim New Year provides the backdrop for this engrossing Iranian drama about a marriage in crisis.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
April 28, 2016
[A] complex and magnificently acted melodrama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 28, 2016
Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, "Fireworks Wednesday" gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work - before he was acknowledged as a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 25, 2016
A sure sense of suspense, which often simmers when the most commonplace of gestures is mistaken for the deepest betrayal... may well be another Farhadi masterpiece.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2016
This is one helluva day in the life and shows a great deal of enthusiasm by the much younger Asghar Farhadi.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Blake Goble
Consequence of Sound
April 22, 2016
Fireworks Wednesday could work just as well as a chamber play as a film, but Farhadi uses the medium to careful, cunning effects.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
April 21, 2016
Any time you get to see a radiant bride-to-be (Taraneh Alidoosti) try on her dress and admire her reflection at the outset, you know that bliss is in the crosshairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 21, 2016
It succeeds, as very few films do, with simultaneously presenting several distinct viewpoints without shortchanging any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 20, 2016
While "Fireworks Wednesday" is a bit more obvious with its tale of household unrest, it captures human reaction wonderfully, keeping a tight leash on melodramatic impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2016
It's an artfully told tale, looping and relooping secrets and lies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
April 14, 2016
Gotta hand it to Asghar Farhadi: When he promises fireworks in the title of Fireworks Wednesday, he delivers, both literally and figuratively.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2016
It is becoming increasingly apparent that Asghar Farhadi is one of the world's top filmmakers, and there's an appetite for his work.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2016
A loopy, off-the-wall tragicomedy that chronicles a particularly stressful day in the life of a miserably unhappy couple whose marriage is on its last legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2016
What pulls us into "Fireworks Wednesday" is the universality of the emotions its characters display and the familiarity of the situations they find themselves in.
Michael Snydel
The Film Stage
March 21, 2016
Another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi's skills in constructing empathy machines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 19, 2016
It isn't the subtlest motif, but Farhadi's message is clear: Even the most idyllic-seeming marriage is nothing more or less than a series of landmines to be skirted with the utmost care.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 17, 2016
While not as brilliant as his 2012 Oscar-winning "A Separation" or 2009's "About Elly," the film has the same qualities of compassion and suspense that have made Farhadi one of the world's most acclaimed directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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