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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 20 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head. show more

  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a top-notch thriller. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    A Separation doesn't try to make easy sense of that world, or of this family's suffering. It's simply a quiet cry of anguish. show more

  • 100
    Bob Mondello NPR

    A film that captures the drama and suspense of real life as urgently as any picture released this year. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The actors, as sometimes happens, create those miracles that can endow a film with conviction. Moadi and Hatami, as husband and wife, succeed in convincing us their characters are acting from genuine motives. show more

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
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    An intimate look at modern day Iranian life that includes typical problems such as divorce, depression, and discrimination amid the oppressive Sharia legal system. It is a great story but a bit too long.

  • August 26, 2012 Carla Beckman
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    Wonderful movie depicting moral dilemmas in everyday life. Iran family problems could mirror our own. It was a beautiful story. The children were delightful, so realistic.

  • April 10, 2012 tj00000000118738
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    LBJK H.

  • March 31, 2012 steverosmarin
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    Brilliant slice of a very foreign culture, that if you changed the language and remove the chadors, is not dissimilar to our own American lives. Great acting,great story...

  • March 28, 2012 rmscabot
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    A superb movie. Wonderful story, script, acting, direction, cinematography.

  • March 25, 2012 bdyftns
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    P.S.. There was only one other person at the movies, which made 3 of us.

  • March 22, 2012 Hey Dennis!!
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    Great Movie! A few answered situations --but maybe that was the intent. We both loved it. The subtitles were a little too quick --but maybe Evelyn Wood could manage. Other than that -- don\'t miss it!

  • March 18, 2012 bmschenker
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    truly a cliff-hanger- you don\'t know what the daughter will say..and the issue of the missing money is dropped totally; that bothered me. Would have loved a discussion in the movie theater right sfter, like many theaters do for plays.

  • March 15, 2012 wadisplace
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    The Best Movie I have seen this year. Definately a great drama. But it does show how backward Iranian Society is.

  • March 10, 2012 bdommerich
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    Very interesting! The issue of the stolen money was never addressed, however. Movie leaves you hanging but it is very haunting


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