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A Separation Reviews

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March 15, 2019
Cleverly, A Separation doesn't conspicuously proselytise about its socio-political import; it is largely concerned with matters of the family that to some degree are universal
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2019
The grim irony at the heart of Farhadi's film is that the angst and perplexity are the fruit of a "sacred" republic of ideals.
January 8, 2019
The quiet, staggering power of "A Separation" is in the realization that navigating the politics of government or of family are tasks of equal scale and equally treacherous.
January 4, 2019
Just as nuanced, but with a bigger emotional punch, is the rest of this Rashomon-like tale of right and wrong, life and death, actions and consequences, all of which reveal various particulars of life in Tehran.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 30, 2018
Writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivers a complex and honest portrayal of two families in modern-day Tehran. It is a challenging and heartbreaking film that deserves an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 29, 2018
The complexity of the characters is wonderful; as a viewer you in one scene enraged at their actions then following a plot twist in the next scene you are wholeheartedly sympathizing with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2018
A Separation is a deeply empathetic movie. It feels for all of its characters even as they act in self-serving or self-deceiving ways.
May 17, 2018
A Separation is a movie that keeps expanding, like one of those paper pellets that, when you drop it in water, blossoms into a flower.
March 15, 2018
Simply exceptional. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 2, 2018
With "A Separation," Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has managed something increasingly difficult and unusual - pleasing audiences both at home and in the West.
November 27, 2017
A Separation is one of the year's most accomplished films, and like so many films we might characterize as "accomplished," it hasn't garnered actual detractors. It merely fosters a coterie of skeptics.
October 4, 2017
A Separation ends on the perfect note, a nearly impossible decision whose weight is left on our shoulders while the credits roll.
September 18, 2017
Brilliantly [Asghar Farhadi] has posited his questions and dilemmas so that they are open-ended, depending entirely upon what the viewer brings to the table in terms of past experience and personal emotional involvement.
September 6, 2017
Its familiar and informal tone has accomplished what few films do: to be a hit among critics and less demanding moviegoers. [Full review in Spanish]
August 30, 2017
A Separation achieves a delicate balance between the foreign and the familiar.
August 10, 2017
Although its surface impartiality helped the film get past officious censors, underneath is a more complex picture.
April 13, 2016
It's ferociously wise, gripping, unsettling and acted with unerring conviction.
October 7, 2015
As pure entertainment, "A Separation" is flawless. But as social commentary, one could infer a conservative agenda.
June 19, 2013
You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.
April 21, 2013
Ambiguous endings can work for some films, but it doesn't here. Still, the powerful performances and near seamless screenplay leave little else to be desired. A Separation deserves its Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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