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Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2016
It is becoming increasingly apparent that Asghar Farhadi is one of the world's top filmmakers, and there's an appetite for his work.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2016
A loopy, off-the-wall tragicomedy that chronicles a particularly stressful day in the life of a miserably unhappy couple whose marriage is on its last legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2016
What pulls us into "Fireworks Wednesday" is the universality of the emotions its characters display and the familiarity of the situations they find themselves in.
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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-
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 15, 2016
As with Mr. Farhadi's other films, every detail of speech and body language resonates.
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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.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 21, 2007
This is director Asghar Farhadi's third feature, and it's brilliantly assured, both in the fluidity and unexpected stylishness of the camerawork and in the subtlety with which Farhadi and co-writer Mani Haghighi explore the complexities of modern [Iran].