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A Separation Reviews

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Stephanie Zacharek
March 6, 2012
Nothing earth-shattering happens in A Separation, but the straightforwardness of this view of a disintegrating marriage, set in the context of complicated cultural and religious morés, is dramatic by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 5, 2012
An outsider could see these characters as misguided. That's not the reality however. Farhadi slips us into their shoes and we appreciate each of their perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 4, 2012
Asghar Farhadi has written a superb screenplay and directs it with equal brilliance. He has managed to make a film that says something about the state of affairs in his Iran and weaves that message into an engrossing tapestry of mystery and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 4, 2012
The complex realities of human emotions and experience are more than sufficient to carry a film, and Farhadi doesn't let fussy direction or attempts to be overly clever get in the way of letting this brilliant, quietly insightful story unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 2, 2012
A clarion cry that cuts through the xenophobic clutter and the dense fog of war to show that not everyone "over there" is a boogeyman waiting to jump out of the closet. If that sounds terribly simplistic, just consider where we live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Melin
March 2, 2012
A Separation is more than a character study; it's a deftly plotted drama that unfolds layer after layer and will leave you asking all kinds of questions about your beliefs and moral judgments. Fascinating stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 2, 2012
The story has no winners, and the daringly ambiguous ending defies simple conclusions. Even the title can be taken multiple ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 2, 2012
The movie opens the door on a foreign culture, yet the people do not seem that dissimilar. .... They deal with some of the same struggles ... -- generational and class conflicts, ideological differences, and connecting and communicating emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 2, 2012
A devastating portrait of two families in crisis, with their class differences representing the title's true 'separation.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
March 1, 2012
"A Separation" deals with some very murky issues, but it does so with astonishing clarity.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
February 29, 2012
The movie is a singular mix of the foreign and the familiar, but is it the best 2011 film in the whole wide world? A 99? I can't say that I concur with my colleagues on that score.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 27, 2012
A Separation explores how presumed social norms are extremely tenuous and how threats to these almost illusory ideas can threaten our sense of personal security.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
February 26, 2012
Farhadi does not talk down to his viewer, and he trusts his audience to make their own decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 25, 2012
The performances and direction match the sharply observed screenplay, which is layered and nuanced, never settling for the pat answer. Indeed, it avoids answers as much as it can, giving audiences a far more interactive experience than most films
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 25, 2012
Thought provoking and powerful drama. One action becomes the trigger for the unravelling that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi explores: secrets, lies and truths are exposed
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 25, 2012
a brilliant, mesmerizing drama, incredibly well-acted by its ensemble cast
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 24, 2012
One of A Separation's many virtues is the way it gradually reveals, Rashomon-like, the complicated facts, half-truths, and lies that each character tells for perfectly legitimate reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 24, 2012
Finely crafted drama teems with conflicts involving class, generations, mental health and good old fashioned lying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
February 23, 2012
These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
February 17, 2012
What is a sin? What is right? When is it okay to lie? All these questions swirl in a movie that might possibly be the best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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