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The Past

(2013)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/20/2013 , 130min.
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60%
Viewer score based on 4 ratings
85%
Critic score based on 40 reviews

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March 02, 2014
jpewther
White subtitles need to be outlined in black so that you can still read them on a light background. That might have helped a little in understanding this complex web of human interaction and emotion.
February 21, 2014
tbrezel
The film's characters are absolutely believable. You can feel their emotion. The children are beyond actors, they are the character themselves. The film moves with ease and intensity....The last few moments pull you, captivate you, cause you to hold your breath and wait.....................

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

RogerEbert.com
Another brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly changing world. Full Review
Bob Mondello
NPR
The last 30 seconds of the film — wrenching, startling, utterly transformative of everything that precedes them — has haunted me for months. The Past will, I'm guessing, haunt me for years. Full Review
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
Farhadi navigates his complicated narrative thicket with an apparent ease that confirms yet again that he's an amazing talent, but here he isn't able to blend the brushstrokes as he has in prior films. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Farhadi's latest film is almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in a domestic drama that leaves the viewer reeling by its conclusion. Full Review
Dave Calhoun
Time Out London
It’s intricate and often mature as drama, but it’s also meandering and at times heavy-handed, even melodramatic, and the tight control of time, place and action which made ‘A Separation’ so gripping is just not there. Full Review

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