Circumstance Reviews

October 7, 2015
"Circumstance" reaffirms cultural stereotypes while serving up generous portions of liberal guilt.
September 16, 2011
It begins well, but goes nowhere.
September 8, 2011
Despite its arty veneer and its ostensibly political edge, Circumstance seems more interested in titillation than revelation.
September 8, 2011
Unfortunately, it strays into unlikely melodrama and distracting eroticism.
August 26, 2011
Too much in too many scenes is worked in, even though a thematic relationship may be gleaned among the parts in repressive, fearful, corrupt, Morality Policed Tehrān.
Top Critic
August 25, 2011
Circumstance is in many ways an impressive achievement. But its mix of documentary detail and melodramatic plotting ultimately tips toward the latter.
August 24, 2011
For those who've ever pondered what a Skinemax flick sponsored by Human Rights Watch would look like, wonder no more.
August 23, 2011
Maryam Keshavarz's earnest, well-intentioned first feature on women's oppression in Iran has trouble resisting its own heavy hand.
August 21, 2011
A weighty topic receives lush but eventually contrived treatment in Circumstance.
May 9, 2011
Circumstance suggests a new way of showing stories about young Iranians even as it stumbles and falls over myriad narrative miscalculations.
April 1, 2011
With much of the content already distant culturally, the lack of clarity in dialogue and staging causes all subtlety to be lost in translation.