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83
Stronger on beautiful imagery than on narrative flow.
80
L.A. Weekly
Neshat employs dialogue that is often didactic, but that weakness is forgiven in the face of stellar acting from the ensemble and gorgeously composed and shot images.
80
Los Angeles Times
Though the narrative could use more depth and detail, the film generally absorbs with its strong performances, stirring emotions and vivid imagery.
80
With its intense chiaroscuro and meticulous manipulation of color that ranges from stark black and white to richer, shifting hues in scenes set in a metaphorical orchard, the film surpasses even Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon" in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography (by Martin Gschlacht).
70
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.
70
Variety
Has striking moments comparable to the best of Neshat's potent imagery. But the script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections.
70
Boxoffice Magazine
A powerful and provocative look at the seismology of the Iranian social order and the connective tissue that sustains Iranian women in particular.
70
Shirin Neshat, best known for her video installations, makes her feature directing debut with this elegant, often moving story of four Iranian women trapped by their circumstances in the turmoil preceding the 1953 coup.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Although the entire film is beautifully framed and shot, especially the surreal sequences, precious little coheres into anything resembling a compelling narrative.
50
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Unfortunately, on the way to delivering that message, it becomes weighted down by its own dreary self-importance.

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