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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use.

R In Theaters 08/26/2011 , 107min.
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Critic score based on 24 reviews

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September 21, 2011
Well-done as in acting and the script was just about great but since I'm now reading \"READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN\" by Azar Nafisi, a professor of literature in Iran and in America and her \"masterpieces\", as they are called, are written about living under a religious regime where women can be beaten, raped repeatedly, and even shot for showing strands of hair or leg or arm. It
September 12, 2011
I loved this movie. Funny, sexy, drama, all under one roof. Iranian movie ******** best.

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San Francisco Chronicle
This movie doesn't work unless the central relationship between Atafeh and Shireen works. It does, beautifully; whether together in a nightclub or alone in a bedroom, Boosheri and Kazemy find a delicacy and sensitivity that reinforces, not diminishes, their strength. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Though it lacks the artful, headlong immediacy of "The Circle" and "Offside," Jafar Panahi's films about women in Tehran - and the breakneck exuberance of Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats," about Tehran's underground music scene - Circumstance ripples with the indignant energy of youthful rebellion. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
As to the question of whether Circumstance is actually a good film, or just one with an important story to tell, a high degree of difficulty and some hot all-girl action, I think the verdict is mixed. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
The closer this parable inches toward tragedy, the more you can feel the gap between good intentions and generic exotica-grandstanding widening into an unbridgeable chasm. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Kazemy and Boosheri are excellent, and Soheil Parsa and Nasrin Pakkho are also fine as Atefeh's doting, liberal parents. And if Keshavarz is less successful managing the film's sometimes choppy narrative, she is clearly willing to take risks on all fronts. More power to her. Full Review

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