• Released
  • May 13, 2004
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • Drama
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Like most Iranian films, it's a shaggy-dog story that builds so slowly you don't see the quietly shattering climax coming.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Excellent performances are given by all, with Alidoosti, who has the face of an angel, once again a wonder.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama.
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70

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout performances.
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70

The New York Times

Only inconsistent pacing and a few minor contrivances that develop late in the film dull its otherwise quietly effective dramatic impact.
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60

Chicago Reader

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi follows up his stunning debut feature "Dancing in the Dust" (2003) with this melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.
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60

Village Voice

By Joshua Land
At times resembling an Iranian "Dead Man Walking," Beautiful City goes out of its way to give each character a fair shake-a few patriarchal rages notwithstanding, even the vengeful father is treated sympathetically. But the script, overly laden with red herrings, forces its characters into some improbable dilemmas.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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