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Baran Reviews

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 21, 2002
The tale is simply but effectively told.
| Original Score: B
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 21, 2002
Captivates and shows how a skillful filmmaker can impart a message without bludgeoning the audience over the head.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
June 21, 2002
Lovely and poignant. Puts a human face on a land most Westerners are unfamiliar with.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 21, 2002
A tale of unrequited love and a young woman's courage to make a place for herself in a man's world, but this is much more than just 'Yentl' goes to the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2002
Matches neorealism's impact by showing the humanity of a war-torn land filled with people who just want to live their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 11, 2002
The film tells a touching, romantic story, but the underpinnings of Baran -- Rain -- are mostly political and mostly heart-breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 10, 2002
It's the saddest story of love in a long while, yet liberating in the way it instils a sense of oneness with all humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2002
Though the pathos of this fable-like love story feels overcalculated, Majidi succeeds in playing the classical Dickensian balance, with the sentimental hook justified by the social sweep of the narrative.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2002
The film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2002
Baran is the latest in a flowering of good films from Iran, and gives voice to the moderates there. It shows people existing and growing in the cracks of their society's inflexible walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Further solidifies [Majidi's] growing reputation as one of the cinema's most gifted humanist filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Majidi's portrait of southwest Asian poverty is bloodless and fastidiously arranged, his regard for his thin characters negligible.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 17, 2002
A high-minded snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kim Linekin
February 4, 2002
A well-crafted letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 15, 2002
A tale of unrequited love and maturation so emotionally pure that it seems effortlessly moving, a picture of rare poignancy and surprising depth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rachel Gordon
January 10, 2002
An intelligent fiction about learning through cultural clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 7, 2002
Sweet and slow like Majidi's earlier "Children of Heaven" (which I loved), but not quite as compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 5, 2002
a hauntingly humanistic film
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
January 3, 2002
A moving and understated story of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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