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About Elly Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 22, 2015
This pot-boiler takes the viewer by surprise after a slow start, but the start is too long and the surprise too short.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Cabrita
The Young Folks
July 2, 2015
The director is as concerned with gender politics and the effects of moral traditions as he is with telling a riveting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 10, 2015
"About Elly" is further certification that Farhadi is one of the world's finest filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
April 10, 2015
"About Elly" is an essential step in the evolution of one of the most emerging talents on the international filmmaking scene.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Tate
September 12, 2012
Incredibly gripping and brilliantly directed, About Elly is a truly memorable and emotionally engaging Iranian drama with an outstanding lead performance by Golshifteh Farahani.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 9, 2015
"About Elly" shows that the ethical dilemmas of ordinary adults can, with this level of talent, become as gripping as any thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Hannah McGill
The List
September 3, 2012
Farhadi constructs a taut story, as precariously balanced on luck and lies as that of a French farce, and then lets it spring holes before our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 7, 2015
This superb, suspenseful film ... opens as a playful comedy of vacationing couples and awkward romance, one that might be set in the French countryside, but by the end has become a moral drama likely to corrode your certainties.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
April 8, 2015
This is clearly the work of a master in the making, an artist on the cusp of greatness. Farhadi may be fixated on fibbers, but there's almost no one working today who makes films so emotionally honest.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
May 8, 2015
Digs painfully deep into gender politics among modern-day middle-class Iranians.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 6, 2015
Rarely have layers of truth been so expertly peeled away than in About Elly, a drama from the Oscar-winning director of A Separation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
Little White Lies
September 13, 2012
A remarkable film that deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi's award-winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 17, 2012
The early singing and charades sequences go on a bit too long, but from the moment there is an incident on the beach, you'll be concerned for everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 7, 2015
There are no false notes anywhere in this cast of performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2015
Asghar Farhadi's sensibility embodies a combination of empathy and paranoia that's striking considering that the latter is normally driven by self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
April 8, 2015
As with director Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning "A Separation," this new film lets truth slowly be revealed through mystery - and after a shocking incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 13, 2012
Farhadi's films are like moral whodunits, and as Sepideh and her friends gradually unearth the truth, he expertly buffets our sympathies in all directions until the very last shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
April 8, 2015
There is a mastery of tone here that shows a great director completely at home with his characters.
Top Critic
April 8, 2015
A thriller perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Orndorf
July 1, 2015
Discoveries drive the viewing experience, with layers peeled masterfully by Farhadi, who guides an exceptional cast to realistic stages of shock and sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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