The Song of Sparrows Synopsis
The kind and generous nature of a former ostrich farmer (Reza Naji) starts to erode after he takes a job in the city driving a motorcycle taxi.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
Sparrows is a kind of cinematic fable. At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, Sparrows is a showcase for Majidi's masterful...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Naji is an expressive actor, and so are the wonderful young non-pros who play his children.
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By Andrew O'Hehir
This latest film from Iranian director Majid Majidi has the same combination of quiet contemplation, whimsy and tragedy that made his...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Although The Song of Sparrows has some of the trappings of a naturalistic drama, it is really a series of strict moral lessons pieced...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This sparrow's flight lifts the heart.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
As usual with Majidi, the cinematography is super (best scene shows Karim, disguised as an ostrich, in pursuit of an escaped bird) and the...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Song of Sparrows becomes a parable of corruption, catastrophe and eventual redemption. Mr. Majidi's tale wasn't meant to be timely, of...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Low-key, realistic performances from a mostly nonpro cast keep the story running smoothly. His face visibly stressed-out and hardened from...
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Village Voice

The film is pleasingly meandering, till the more typically Majidian soulful and teary-eyed climax.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The images in The Song of Sparrows have a poetic grace that's to be desired in storytelling. You feel Majidi's hand much more than you do...
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Rated PG | For Brief Strong Language