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Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 15, 2017
This is a very well acted film by the three main actors. The central part of the story (by writer-director Asghar Farhadi of 'A Separation') is powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics
January 9, 2017
It would be easy to write Fireworks Wednesday off as a melodrama, but Farhadi builds it so methodically and so intentionally, that you get a sense for every character, and every revelation hits harder than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
January 2, 2017
Although Fireworks Wednesday holds its own among Farhadi's impressive catalog, it's not his best.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 15, 2016
A film whose power lies in its subtleties, in its hidden fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Elina Mishuris
Brooklyn Magazine
November 15, 2016
[In a] Farhadi film... each divulged bit of information forces the audience, and the characters, to reevaluate what they thought they understood.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 15, 2016
Farhadi refined his vision and technique in later films like "A Separation," but "Fireworks Wednesday" is a strong and resonant early work, and it's gratifying that it's finally seeing the light of day in the West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 10, 2016
Farhadi manages to skirt the political and focus on human emotion, deception and frailty with such force that his setting and artistic restraints are rendered near irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joe Bendel
Epoch Times
May 18, 2016
Fireworks is an exhausting film that might telegraph some of its twists, but Farhadi still manages to make them feel devastating in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
April 30, 2016
It was made 10 years ago but plays like new with its timeless scenes of marital strife and all the lying, deceiving and mistrust that go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 29, 2016
Not one of Farhadi's subtler projects.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2016
Tehran on the eve of the Muslim New Year provides the backdrop for this engrossing Iranian drama about a marriage in crisis.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
April 28, 2016
[A] complex and magnificently acted melodrama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 28, 2016
Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, "Fireworks Wednesday" gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work - before he was acknowledged as a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ray Pride
April 25, 2016
A sure sense of suspense, which often simmers when the most commonplace of gestures is mistaken for the deepest betrayal... may well be another Farhadi masterpiece.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2016
This is one helluva day in the life and shows a great deal of enthusiasm by the much younger Asghar Farhadi.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Blake Goble
Consequence of Sound
April 22, 2016
Fireworks Wednesday could work just as well as a chamber play as a film, but Farhadi uses the medium to careful, cunning effects.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
April 21, 2016
Any time you get to see a radiant bride-to-be (Taraneh Alidoosti) try on her dress and admire her reflection at the outset, you know that bliss is in the crosshairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 21, 2016
It succeeds, as very few films do, with simultaneously presenting several distinct viewpoints without shortchanging any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Orndorf
April 20, 2016
While "Fireworks Wednesday" is a bit more obvious with its tale of household unrest, it captures human reaction wonderfully, keeping a tight leash on melodramatic impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2016
It's an artfully told tale, looping and relooping secrets and lies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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