90

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
It's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that seals this cinematic deal. She's superb.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Rahimi simply made an inspired decision when he chose Farahani...who quietly but powerfully works her way through subtle shadings of emotion from fear to despair to anger to love to righteous vindication.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
The Patience Stone largely functions as a one-woman play, with Farahani’s character soliloquizing over her husband’s body.
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80

Variety

Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Anchoring the film is an outstanding performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays the timid, nameless woman who comes to believe that her jihadist spouse - rendered silent by a bullet in the neck - is a "patience stone" that can absorb all the misery confided in it.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Afghanistan-born Atiq Rahimi has powerfully adapted his own acclaimed novel, but the film is unlikely to play in the Middle Eastern countries to which this plea for sexual equality seems directed.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is a tour de force for the actress, needless to say. Iranian Golshifteh Farahani is wonderful in the role.
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Mr. Rahimi opens up an entire world inside the couple’s modest house, filling its few rooms with enough air, sharp words and slow-boiling intrigue that the walls never feel as if they’re closing in on you.
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40

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The more typical approach transforms the material, and not for the better—rather than a revelation about how it feels to live her life, this feels like a document of what that life might look like as a conventional, often pokey movie.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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