Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Stronger on beautiful imagery than on narrative flow.
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Arizona Republic

It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Shirin Neshat's film, a magical-realist cry from the heart, is as up-to-date as last year's pro-democracy protests.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Wade Major
A powerful and provocative look at the seismology of the Iranian social order and the connective tissue that sustains Iranian women in particular.
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The Hollywood Reporter

This beautifully made film (which won the best director award at last year's Venice Film Festival) is the very definition of an art house movie with limited appeal, but its political import gives it added talking points that will draw attention.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The images are vivid, their meanings much less so.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Unfortunately, on the way to delivering that message, it becomes weighted down by its own dreary self-importance.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Although the entire film is beautifully framed and shot, especially the surreal sequences, precious little coheres into anything resembling a compelling narrative.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
An eerie resurrection regains some good will, but we'll have to wait for Neshat to catch up with the art of storytelling.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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