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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Anchoring the film is an outstanding performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays the timid, nameless woman who comes to believe that her jihadist spouse - rendered silent by a bullet in the neck - is a "patience stone" that can absorb all the misery confided in it. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Farahani — seen in “Body of Lies” and “Chicken With Plums” — is equally vibrant in a performance, and a film, that dares us to listen. show more

  • 70
    Neil Young The Hollywood Reporter

    A luminous central performance from Golshifteh Farahani distinguishes an ambitious if somewhat monotonously wordy adaptation of a prize-winning best-seller. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Rahimi simply made an inspired decision when he chose Farahani...who quietly but powerfully works her way through subtle shadings of emotion from fear to despair to anger to love to righteous vindication. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It is a tour de force for the actress, needless to say. Iranian Golshifteh Farahani is wonderful in the role. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Afghanistan-born Atiq Rahimi has powerfully adapted his own acclaimed novel, but the film is unlikely to play in the Middle Eastern countries to which this plea for sexual equality seems directed. show more

  • 63
    RogerEbert.com

    The story is so stripped down it feels like minimalist theater. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Farahani determinedly underplays her character, and is often very touching. But while there is a satisfying final scene, The Patience Stone is essentially a monologue, and Atiq Rahimi (directing the adaptation of his own novel) doesn’t have what it takes to make the story more dynamic. show more

  • 38
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion. show more

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