100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a trenchant emotional thriller that you watch in dread, awe, and amazing aggravation. It's entirely predicated upon the outcome of bad decisions - and it is not a comedy. The situation that unfolds approaches the absurdity of farce but denies the relief and release of humor. It's a tragic farce. No option or choice is to be envied.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a top-notch thriller.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Farhadi is no mere formalist. His film is a spiritual investigation into the rise of women and the descent of male privilege in Iran, and a look at the toll that has taken. In a movie of flawless acting, it is Moadi - terse, proud, angry, haunted - who shows us that rare thing: a soul in transition.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
A Separation doesn't try to make easy sense of that world, or of this family's suffering. It's simply a quiet cry of anguish.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.
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95 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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