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Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) Reviews

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
September 1, 2010
An exhibition in arthouse for arthouse's sake, Certified Copy doesn't do enough to draw a second glance from lovers of the movement nor mainstream cinemagoers alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 16, 2011
I believe the movie is ambiguous on purpose. The director is having fun playing games with the underlying reality. This bizarre highbrow film is strictly geared for art houses. It is instantly forgettable, but Binoche gives an amazing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 18, 2011
While it would be wrong to classify Certified Copy as a complete disappointment, it is hard to imagine there being much of an audience for a high-falutin' film with nothing much to say.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 7, 2011
The movie threatens to become a sketch about a coquette and a boor squabbling at each other to little effect.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brandon Judell
January 21, 2011
Certified Copy is meant to be a stimulating philosophical experience. It succeeds sporadically.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Bradshaw
September 2, 2010
Persistently baffling, contrived, and often simply bizarre -- a highbrow misfire of the most peculiar sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 8, 2011
Paced like a turtle race, with all the plot of a one-line synopsis...banal and pointless...like the chatter of pompous university professors.
Armond White
New York Press
March 9, 2011
Kiarostami has become the new Kieslowski, an emigrant to Western Europe whose pretentiousness embarrasses the whole concept of art cinema-as proven by Certified Copy.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
March 25, 2011
Certified Copy is a fraud as a film. It is intellectually stimulating but ultimately empty. I recommend it for cinephiles but only as an academic exercise, not as a potentially profound experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 31, 2011
Although clever, well acted, and full of nicely photographed mirrors, this feels more like an acting exercise than a genuine movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Think Before Sunrise but more snobbishly aware of its own fancy pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 10, 2011
An arid, enigmatic oddity...more an act of cinematic provocation than an affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Kiarostami is quick to stimulate the mind but not the heart; as a result he never finds a comfortable balance between intellect and emotion, leaving Copie Conforme feeling chilly and distant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
October 25, 2011
Kiarostami has woven together a veritable tapestry of the mind: here a stray thought, there an oft-disputed theory.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Gear
May 5, 2011
If the term "arthouse" usually makes you cringe, [...] you'd better stop reading this and see what else is playing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grae Drake
April 29, 2011
Spoken in three different languages, with various coffee, wine, and bread products consumed by the characters, it satisfies on almost every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
An egalitarian experience that is at once experimental and recognisably real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 14, 2011
The film is the work of Abbas Kiarostami -- one of the foremost artists and greatest directors of our time -- and this is the first movie he's directed outside of Iran.
Simon Miraudo
February 20, 2011
Certified Copy begins as one film and ends as another entirely...How rare it is to be taken on a genuine ride by a movie; to follow a path shrouded in mystery, one that is unpredictable at every turn and still intriguing after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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