Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) Reviews

May 8, 2017
In Kiarostami's furiously clear view, religious dogma suppresses the eye's observations through the dictate of the word; his calmly unwavering images, with their wry humor and generous sympathy, have the force of a steadfast resistance.
March 24, 2010
The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.
April 11, 2002
Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.
March 13, 2002
Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.
September 25, 2001
Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion.
September 14, 2012
Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion.
July 23, 2010
...not quite close enough.
June 22, 2010
Kiarostamis blending of fiction and nonfiction techniques produces a film that can be peeled back layer by layer, revealing something new at each level.
June 16, 2010
Kiarostami's rapturous chimera of a film finally gets its deserved due on DVD and Blu-ray.
April 30, 2007
... a brilliant mix of contrivance, intimacy, distance, and dramatic closure peered into like a voyeur...