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Circumstance Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Circumstance" reaffirms cultural stereotypes while serving up generous portions of liberal guilt.
Emma Thrower
September 27, 2012
Circumstance may miss out on making a truly startling political point, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable and tautly executed tale of young love, forbidden fruit and the world previous generations leave behind for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
September 4, 2012
Takes an even-handed approach that never preaches, presenting a resonant side of Iran's society that we have never before seen on screen
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
August 28, 2012
Circumstance bravely depicts the political plight of independent young women in Iran, a timely and worthwhile subject somewhat let down by two-dimensional storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 26, 2012
Crude and predictable but nevertheless affecting ...
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 24, 2012
Keshavarz's film is both sensuous and audacious if a little uneven.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 24, 2012
Freed from the constraints of Iranian censorship, Keshavarz authentically portrays young life in Tehran with parties, drugs, underground art and a defiant sexuality
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 23, 2012
A lush, insightful drama exploring the tensions beneath the implacable face of modern Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Shoard
August 23, 2012
Keshavarz uses a trowel to feed us her ideas about living under a repressive regime when all you required was a teaspoon. But she has enough promise to keep you curious for her next offering - if she can just get a lighter grip on the ladle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
August 23, 2012
Bold, haunting and moving; an excellent feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 23, 2012
Offers an intoxicating peek into a society where skinny-dipping at dawn can be a revolutionary act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
August 22, 2012
Has some strong performances, a thumping soundtrack and some eye opening themes but its occasional brashness tries too hard to shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 21, 2012
The content feels familiar, but the perspective is fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 20, 2012
It's languorously filmed and insightful on life in Tehran but let down by an erratic plot turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
December 30, 2011
An emotionally dense lesbian love story.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 4, 2011
It's a "Breathless" for Tehran rather than Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
October 28, 2011
Keshavarz has a convincing story here worth telling. While certain elements of picture fail, as a whole, Circumstance maintains complexity of thought and fullness of desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 13, 2011
Keshavarz, who was born in New York City and grew up in the U.S. and Iran, shows us how young people in Tehran get around the constrictive system...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 7, 2011
For American-Iranian filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz, Circumstance is a labour of love. It is also an accomplished first narrative feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 7, 2011
We never doubt the sincerity of the emotions on display, or of the foretaste Circumstance provides of a society on the brink of radical change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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