Baran Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 24, 2002
This rather superficial arthouse middle-brow film knows how to please a crowd, and that's about all it does well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
February 4, 2002
A well-crafted letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 17, 2002
A high-minded snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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

Reel.com
June 15, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
More timely than its director could ever have dreamed, this quietly lyrical tale probes the ambiguous welcome extended by Iran to the Afghani refugees who streamed across its borders, desperate for work and food.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 21, 2002
Lovely and poignant. Puts a human face on a land most Westerners are unfamiliar with.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 1, 2002
The film's sharp, often mischievous sense of humor will catch some off guard...
| Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2001
Baran depicts the alchemical process whereby a perceived enemy can be transformed into a loved one.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 5, 2002
a hauntingly humanistic film
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2002
The universal theme of becoming a better person through love has never been filmed more irresistibly than in 'Baran.'
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 19, 2002
The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 24, 2003
Uma comovente (e divertida) história de amor.
| Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 10, 2001
Plunges you into a reality that is, more often then not, difficult and sad, and then, without sentimentalizing it or denying its brutality, transforms that reality into a lyrical and celebratory vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 7, 2001
Majidi's poetic love story is a ravishing consciousness-raiser, if a bit draggy at times.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 19, 2002
...shows Majidi's deft hand at commanding his cast of non actors into giving an innocent, melancholy look at unrequited love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004

Boston Phoenix
December 16, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
June 27, 2003
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