Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City) Reviews

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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2006
[A] melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 30, 2006
Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 17, 2006
While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 17, 2006
Here's another deeply resonant little movie from Iran, featuring more polished (yet still naturalistic) acting than usually seen in U.S. productions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
March 16, 2006
It's a penetrating exploration of retribution versus forgiveness, blood money, sacrifice and the intricacies of Iran's Islamic judicial system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 16, 2006
Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout perfs, including Taraneh Alidoosti's ... make City more accessible to arthouse auds than more stylistically challenging Farsi fare.
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 16, 2006
Cross-pollinate an archetypal plotline with problematic romance and what you get is Beautiful City, a film in which the world is made immediate and kinetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 4, 2006
Persistence is everything in Asghar Farhadi's visually undistinguished but affecting Beautiful City, a simple film about the power of forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
The script, overly laden with red herrings, forces its characters into some improbable dilemmas...and the ambiguous ending feels inconsistent with the too tidy setup.
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