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Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Makhmalbaf continues her rise as Iran's most promising young female filmmaker, and Iranian cinema extends its reign as one of the world's most exciting cultural phenomena.
The stripped-down dramatic constructs, austere imagery and abstract characters are equal parts poetry and politics, obvious at times but evocative and heartfelt.
New York Post
Makhmalbaf finds room for moments of humor and humanity.
An indelible and ultimately moving vision of humanity buffeted by the elements and by international political tides.
A fascinating allegory of life in Iranian Kurdistan, a remote borderland still deeply scarred by years of war with Iraq.
New York Daily News
Director Samira Makhmalbaf made this raw and effective parable with the recognizable help of her father, legendary director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
We've got the trademark elements but not their magical bonding, and the result is a selection of scenes in search of a movie.
The A.V. Club
Episodic and minimalist to a fault, Blackboards makes its ironic point about education, then makes it again a few times over for good measure, rarely expanding beyond its narrow seriocomic agenda.
Village Voice
Blackboards is both shrill and soporific, and because everything is repeated five or six times, it can seem tiresomely simpleminded.
Film Threat
About as much fun as a grouchy ayatollah in a cold mosque.

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