100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quiet, rageful indictment of a two-tiered Islamic society.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A stunning drama about the desperate state of women in Iran.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Such moral outrage, apart from the artistry in which it is embedded, tells us that the forces of change are stirring in Iran.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Circle is all the more depressing when we consider that Iran is relatively liberal compared to, say, Afghanistan under the Taliban.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Panahi creates a raw, riveting film.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
How dangerous it is to be a woman in Iran, especially one going against the wishes of her menfolk, is brought home time after time in these related vignettes.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
It's a startling, speedy, gracefully executed indictment.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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