Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
This is a transcendent film, deeply committed and beautifully wrought. It will make anyone who sees it look at the world with new eyes.
100
Boston Globe
The story is spun forth ravishingly, tenderly, and urgently, with a captivating mix of beauty, spare sophistication, and profound humanity.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
93
Mr. Showbiz
It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
A family film that shames the facile commercialism of a product like "Pokemon" and its value system based on power and greed.It is made with delicacy and beauty.
88
New York Daily News
Another perfect little gem from Iran in which the simplest story unleashes a torrent of emotion.
88
The simplicity and idealism of The Color of Paradise are part of what makes it so attractive to near-jaded palates here. There are no evil characters in the film.
75
USA Today
Seductively pastoral but also a bit slight, the movie saves its best scene for the very end.
75
New York Post
Doesn't have the emotional heft of his "Children of Paradise," but it's still moving.
50
Christian Science Monitor
Although it has a good heart and a warm spirit, this prettily filmed drama is more sentimental and manipulative than earlier Iranian films on youth-related subjects.

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