Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The tale is simply told but stunningly photographed and superbly acted in the best tradition of modern Iranian cinema.
  2. Presents us with characters of such humanity and dignity that it begins to seem obscene that until now we haven't exactly given all that much thought to the Kurds.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Deeper and richer in humanity than all but a handful of the American films released this year.
  4. The nonprofessional cast of Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable, slow, rough edged feature reveals a simple, piercing grimness and determination framed by the gray, icy landscape of Iranian Kurdistan.
  5. 91
    A profoundly anxious picture that from its first frame holds you, clenched, never able to let go, even after its unresolved coda.
  6. 90
    It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent tribute.
  7. 90
    It simultaneously wows you with the stark beauty of its images, a beauty that leads to another, related kind of truth that is equally crucial. It's not to be missed.
  8. Showing us a world through a child's eyes, A Time for Drunken Horses speaks so truthfully and well that it breaks the heart and scars the conscience.

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