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Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) Reviews

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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
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
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.
Michael Snydel
The Film Stage
March 21, 2016
Another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi's skills in constructing empathy machines.
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
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
March 14, 2016
Asghar Farhadi's 2006 film interrogates the tensions between tactility and vision in complex ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International
March 16, 2016
Asghar Farhadi's exquisite, complex family drama approaches class conflicts and contrasts in contemporary Iran with a richly layered story.
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-
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
April 14, 2016
Gotta hand it to Asghar Farhadi: When he promises fireworks in the title of Fireworks Wednesday, he delivers, both literally and figuratively.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 17, 2016
While not as brilliant as his 2012 Oscar-winning "A Separation" or 2009's "About Elly," the film has the same qualities of compassion and suspense that have made Farhadi one of the world's most acclaimed directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
March 17, 2016
Judged inside or outside of its creator's ongoing career-as early proof of his gifts or just a stand-alone domestic drama with the extra kick of mystery the filmmaker always applies-Fireworks Wednesday fascinates.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenji Fujishima
Village Voice
March 15, 2016
Not just interesting in how it foreshadows the filmmaker's more mature works, but also a gripping piece of storytelling in its own right.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 29, 2016
Not one of Farhadi's subtler projects.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
January 2, 2017
Although Fireworks Wednesday holds its own among Farhadi's impressive catalog, it's not his best.
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+
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 19, 2016
It isn't the subtlest motif, but Farhadi's message is clear: Even the most idyllic-seeming marriage is nothing more or less than a series of landmines to be skirted with the utmost care.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 15, 2009
Delves into the messy lives of modern-day Iranians living a tense life in bustling Tehran.
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+
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-
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