Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Boasts rich texture, sly vision and rueful humor.
  2. Farmanara, the actor, brings a real poignancy to the role and, thus, to the story that seems, more than anything, the tale of a man coming to terms with his life.
  3. A movie about life and death; its underpinnings are soaked in the perfume of artistic expression.
  4. This understated Iranian drama affirms life as vigorously as it provokes thought.
  5. The heavy subject is tempered with gentle humor.
  6. As somber as much of this deceptively simple yet consistently acute, subtle and observant film is, an effect heightened by a carefully controlled use of color, it is not without hope.
  7. 70
    Perhaps it's the difference in culture, but the thoughtfulness in Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine shows that its creator isn't letting himself or his audience off the hook.
  8. Mixes whiffs of Woody Allen and Federico Fellini with Mr. Farmanara's distinctive, mordant wit.
  9. A fascinating and entertaining piece of work.
  10. Farmanara, a gifted director, seems to be getting his artistic legs again, but he spends far too much time following his protagonist in and out of buildings as he smokes cigarettes and otherwise mopes about.
  11. 63
    Farmanara bears his soul, and his honesty permeates this work as strongly as the smell of camphor.
  12. 60
    The voyage is never less than interesting, even when you have no idea where it could possibly go.
  13. 60
    A humorously death-haunted psychodrama.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    Resonant with inner harmonies and dark, dark humor.
  15. Depression is a fair subject for a movie, but this much moroseness shouldn't come to this little.
  16. A feat of droll, refractive, melodramatic self-portraiture.
  17. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    Glacially slow going.
  18. Reviewed by: David Chute
    At times the picture feels like an affectionate parody of recent Iranian films.

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