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The Willow Tree Reviews

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Prairie Miller

Perhaps Majidi intended wry commentary and observation of the dubious influences of Western culture on Iran, where outside scientific, technological and material advances impart a knowledge that is not necessarily likewise wisdom, enlightenment or virtue.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 15, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Teeters on the edge of overwrought melodrama but is saved by the convincing performance of Parvis Parastui.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

May 12, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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This is powerful stuff.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Iranian director Majid Majidi... takes his place alongside Robert Bresson as a master of sacred cinema. His Iran is a place of natural beauty so intense that even the sightless can experience its splendor.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

January 24, 2008
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Children of Heaven won me over with its slow gentle build and big sweet heart. I was expecting more of the same with Willow Tree. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 1, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Majidi infuses his simple yet eloquent tale with stunning imagery designed to make us relate to Youssef's reawakening.

September 10, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A spiritual masterpiece on gratitude, transformation and surrender to God by the gifted Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. Rumi would love it!

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

August 3, 2007
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Anchored by Parastui's luminous, heartfelt performance, [director] Majidi also revels in the joy of sight, especially as manifested in the beauty and lovely colors of nature. The Willow Tree is a powerful and ultimately optimistic movie.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 3, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A perfectly worked out story and a marvelous new step forward for Iranian director Majid Majidi. It is also, in some ways, yet another step forward for his country's cinema, a national art that grows more accomplished every year.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 4/4

August 3, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Explicitly religious, intensely poetic meditations, filled with recurrent symbols and suffused with a spirit of divine apprehension. [It is] sad beyond measure.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2007
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The filmmaker compels us to see in the dark, to recognize beauty in the absence of color and light.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 3, 2007
John Anderson
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A beautiful, strange film, deeply moving and no surprise from [director] Majidi.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
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A beautiful film, both simple and profound, which suggests that bargaining with God is a bad idea in all cultural traditions.

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August 2, 2007
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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The film has its flaws, but [director Majidi's] gift for giving a cinematic texture to the emotional senses validates his work as a visionary.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 2, 2007
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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A series of glistening tone poems.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 31, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The film is dignified by Parvis Parastui's memorable performance, which partially offsets Majidi's symbolic heavywork.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 24, 2007
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