A Separation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Separation Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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 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-
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
November 17, 2011
Farhadi demonstrates a Hitchcockian flair for suspense, while his cast deliver faultless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 15, 2011
A masterpiece of intimate, dramatic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
August 10, 2017
Although its surface impartiality helped the film get past officious censors, underneath is a more complex picture.
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
June 30, 2011
A movie you'll muse upon for new shades of meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2011
If it feels familiar, it's because it's as poignant, precarious, and endlessly complicated as life itself.
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
April 19, 2012
...riveting, enormously resonant and impressively acted...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
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-
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