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A Separation Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 20, 2012
The progressively tedious atmosphere ultimately prevents the film's final scenes from making any real emotional impact...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2012
A case study in how simplicity can produce spectacular results that extend far beyond a film's budget.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
A Separation infuses a great insight into modern Iran with a powerful insight into the human condition - this demonstrates the power and poetic potential of cinematic drama. It's a MUST see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
November 17, 2011
Farhadi demonstrates a Hitchcockian flair for suspense, while his cast deliver faultless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Clift
August 15, 2011
A masterpiece of intimate, dramatic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 23, 2011
Farhadi brings us as close as can be to these characters, but he also refuses to editorialize or nudge us too far in any one direction.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 11, 2012
It's fast paced, exciting, thrilling, edgy, moving, engaging, and - in its portrait of a justice system almost radically alien to the one I live under - absolutely fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Julian White
Little White Lies
June 30, 2011
A movie you'll muse upon for new shades of meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 27, 2011
Quietly revolutionary film-making, executed in a thought-provoking fashion while triggering an exciting new Iranian voice of its own in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Yap
April 19, 2012
...riveting, enormously resonant and impressively acted...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
It resonates deeply thanks to its universality, which it miraculously achieves without ever once selling out the social mores of its location. Profoundly affecting, wonderfully performed and endlessly surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sexton
This is London
July 1, 2011
This is a movie that makes you pay attention to action and consequences in a way that has more or less completely disappeared from mainstream cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 14, 2012
This is not the Iran that the nightly news has turned into a land of evil and inhumanity. These characters are people who love and feel anger and regret. They're simultaneously familiar and new.
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
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 31, 2012
The characters are deliberately ordinary, but their stories take on the weight of myth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
As pure entertainment, "A Separation" is flawless. But as social commentary, one could infer a conservative agenda.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 24, 2012
An eye-opening experience, and a fascinating glimpse into a culture that's totally alien to my eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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