Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
Watch On
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Simple, but loaded. It celebrates the humanity and humanism at the heart of Iran's remarkable flow of films, but it's also more of a rebuke to materialistic values than any ideologue could ever hope to be.
  2. 100
    A superlative work, offering a rich emotional experience that at the same time calls attention to the seemingly endless suffering of the Afghan people.
  3. Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
  4. The lovely clarity of this story, which seems to have been drawn from the literature of an earlier age, is well served by the artful subtlety of the telling. Mr. Majidi prefers imagery to exposition, and his shots are as dense with meaning, and as readily accessible, as Dutch paintings.
  5. It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
  6. As in Chaplin's films, humor and tragedy dance a wonderful tango throughout the movie. Baran is heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    90
    Majidi has discovered a wonderful cast of players to bring this gentle allegory to life, especially Naji as the irascible but generous Memar, who displays nearly perfect comic timing.
  8. The director lingers over images, watching builders at work or Baran at her chores; the camera often seems to daydream, like Lateef. No grand climax caps the film, but the small incidents have a cumulative effect.
  9. A film that uses beautiful tableaux and convincingly raw actors to build to a climax of shatteringly understated poignancy and power.
  10. 88
    The latest in a flowering of good films from Iran, and gives voice to the moderates there. It shows people existing and growing in the cracks of their society's inflexible walls.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision.
  12. There are moments in Baran as wholesomely heart-tugging as any involving Charlie Chaplin and a blind girl, but the film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JayH
    Apr 15, 2009
    8
    A sensitive, beautiful and remarkable film. The cinematography is particularly excellent. The performances are exceptional. It's a film A sensitive, beautiful and remarkable film. The cinematography is particularly excellent. The performances are exceptional. It's a film not easy to forget, fascinating from start to finish. Full Review »
  2. RafaelJ
    Dec 25, 2007
    10
    Mahid Mahidi has another film"children from heaven that is just as good as "The color of paradise" and this one. He has 3 other that are not Mahid Mahidi has another film"children from heaven that is just as good as "The color of paradise" and this one. He has 3 other that are not in this part of the world. Full Review »
  3. EricS.
    Dec 19, 2005
    10
    As you watch the movie, ask yourself what guides Lateef. Is it a possible desire for romance, as some have suggested; is it also extreme As you watch the movie, ask yourself what guides Lateef. Is it a possible desire for romance, as some have suggested; is it also extreme guilt, longing for penitence, protectiveness toward the opposite sex, sympathy, and, finally, respect for the value of human life? Does it start with a few of these feelings, and then lead to progressively more? Why is the movie called "Baran," when it appears to be much more about the moral growth of Lateef? Could it be that Lateef's devotion is to Baran, ultimately the "rain" that cleanses his soul? Full Review »