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85
Based on 41 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bejo (The Artist) digs deep into the secrets and lies that have afflicted all her relationships, in a wonderfully affecting film that haunts you long after it ends. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling. show more

  • 88
    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. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Past plays out within narrower bounds than "A Separation," and often at lower velocity — a few moments feel almost Chekhovian. Yet the film is commanding in its own right, another exploration of a volatile situation — an estranged husband returning from Iran when his wife requests a divorce — in which flashes of insight or understanding lead to new mysteries. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The Past is not as nuanced as its predecessor — and not as impactful, either. But this is still far more complex than most family dramas. show more

  • 100
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted drama that commands attention every step of the way. show more

  • 86
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    The Past is just about as good as a relationship drama is ever going to get. The plot is teased out with deliberate grace, the performances are sublime and the revelations, even the most melodramatic, feel right and true. It’s big canvas stuff painted by a new master. show more

  • 100
    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. show more

  • 100
    RogerEbert.com

    Another brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly changing world. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The miracle is that even with a bit of dramaturgical clunkiness The Past is fluid, intimate cinema. Few directors today can shoot in such tightly confined spaces, with such a determined control over his actors' movements, and make the drama work so well. show more

  • March 02, 2014 jpewther
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    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
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    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.....................

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