A Moment of Innocence Reviews

January 15, 2015
...reminds us that we can't rewrite our past, even when we have this much 'creative control' over it.
May 20, 2014
It is rare when a single image can sum up the emotional core of an entire movie, but the final freeze-frame of A Moment of Innocence is so moving in its completeness, it reminds us with jarring simplicity that we are in the hands of a genuine artist.
May 20, 2014
For Makhmalbaf, the film comes to represent a re-examination of his own idealism, and the possibility of further social change as a whole new generation of Iranian youth comes of age.
May 20, 2014
Though its methods lie somewhere between Pirandello and Rashomon, A Moment Of Innocence adds a personal dimension that's uniquely its own, as Makhmalbaf's investigation into the past evolves into a touching act of contrition.
May 20, 2014
What emerges is a consideration of the relativity of truth and memory.
May 20, 2014
Too smug and too self-indulgent.
May 20, 2014
This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
May 20, 2014
Touching, funny, and totally original.
May 20, 2014
Superbly controlled and stylishly self-reflexive, this is also genuinely intriguing.
May 20, 2014
This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate.
May 20, 2014
A breathtaking cross-fertilization of drama and fact.
May 20, 2014
A Moment of Innocence may be slow, but it's steady, moving as gently and inexorably toward its surprising conclusion as the snow that falls endlessly over its cold, damp, befuddled characters.
August 21, 2010
A merry analogist, Makhmalbaf draws a wealth of parallels, between ages and eras, hopes and fears.
September 25, 2009
Cinema can restage the past, but can it absolve it?
August 11, 2009
It's a wry comedy and a warm human interest story from Iran.
March 26, 2009
Though his style and concerns are totally different, there's an almost Rohmer-esque purity and precision about this film, which takes a making-of-a-movie vignette and spins something that's delicate, funny and touching by turns.
June 5, 2008
Discarding his violent past, [Makhmalbaf presents a] 1974 event as something unthinkable to a younger generation and arrives at a truly poetic, thoroughly optimistic conclusion.
September 4, 2005
There are moments here that are phenomenal.
August 23, 2005
Resonates heavy with the Proustian understanding of how memories only amplify and enrich with time.
November 30, 2002
There are also a handful of dialogue-heavy scenes that go on far too long and which have little impact on the "storyline."