Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 17, 2011
    88
    For me, it is too clever by half, creating full-bodied characters but inserting them into a story that is thin soup.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 27, 2011
    88
    In some ways, it's a simple character drama, but the central conundrum disallows an uncomplicated interpretation. I was never bored.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 9, 2011
    91
    The end will haunt you.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Later, as the picture becomes a Petrie dish in which James' theories are put to the ultimate test, Certified Copy loses some of its magic, but it retains interest as an appealing and one-of-a-kind experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 19, 2011
    83
    Despite the film's coy artiness and a lassitude that sometimes passes for soulfulness, Certified Copy is strangely haunting.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 10, 2011
    90
    The Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's delicious brain tickler, Certified Copy, is an endless hall of mirrors whose reflections multiply as its story of a middle-aged couple driving through Tuscany carries them into a metaphysical labyrinth.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 31, 2011
    88
    You can see her (Binoche) effect on Kiarostami's filmmaking: She brings out something new in him, too.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 31, 2011
    88
    That this purposefully twisting exercise takes place amid the sun-burnished cypresses and towns of Tuscany - where ancient statuary is as commonplace as pasta and wine - only makes this playfully enigmatic meditation the more pleasing.
  9. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 28, 2011
    67
    The languages spoken throughout Certified Copy slide easily amongst Italian, French, and English, further creating the sense of none of them being authentic.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 24, 2011
    75
    Ultimately, Certified Copy – with its unresolved loose ends – is a puzzle box without a key.
  11. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 11, 2011
    88
    Literate and engrossing, with excellent performances.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Mar 12, 2011
    80
    Certified Copy isn't the masterpiece that "Close-Up" was, but it lures the viewer into a comparably labyrinthine thicket of fakeouts, doubles, and assumed identities. If you like movies that induce a pleasurable state of vertigo, this is one of the great discoveries of the year.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 10, 2011
    100
    Though it's dominated by two people walking and talking, after a point it's as difficult to parse what's real and what's constructed in Certified Copy as it is in the home stretch of "Inception" (although "Before Sunset" and Roberto Rossellini's "Journey To Italy" provide closer models).
  14. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Mar 8, 2011
    90
    Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy is exactly that: The Iranian modernist's first feature to be shot in the West is a flawless riff on our indigenous art cinema.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 1, 2011
    75
    Although the film has elements of a puzzler by Michelangelo Antonioni and a psychodrama by Ingmar Bergman, it never becomes compellingly intellectual or unnervingly emotional.
  16. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 7, 2011
    83
    A mental workout of the most invigorating sort.
  17. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 7, 2011
    91
    A comedy of remarriage buried in intellectual abstraction and cinephilic obsessions, Certified Copy wanders a bit but never loses focus, with the only certainty being that its gimmick is genuine.
  18. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 8, 2011
    80
    Her (Binoche) award-winning performance is reason alone to dive into such intellectual gamesmanship. (She can suggest an entire emotional arc with one facial tic.)
  19. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Mar 7, 2011
    70
    More compelling as an intellectual exercise than an emotional one, Certified Copy finds deep-thinking writer-director Abbas Kiarostami asserting there's nothing new under the Tuscan sun, particularly not his own conventional romantic drama set in rural Italy.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Mar 7, 2011
    60
    The romantic fable of love, marriage, art and second chances may not add up to all that much but the journey is exquisite.
  21. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 10, 2011
    70
    A sort of middle-aged "Before Sunrise" unfolds, meandering and talky. But from the get-go these characters' colloquy is a mutual provocation, not a romantic seduction.
  22. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Mar 10, 2011
    60
    There's an enchanting, and very Western, musicality in Certified Copy, a mash-up that charms; Mad Decent - master masher, dj and producer Diplo's label - aptly describes it. (Diplo and Buñuel would've loved each other).
  23. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Mar 7, 2011
    80
    Binoche has a chance to display her noteworthy gifts as a comedienne, switching effortlessly from English to French and Italian to build a character that is resentful, manipulative and seductive all at once.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 5, 2011
    10
    If you are waiting for a sequel for 'Before Sunset' , this movie wont disappoint. Juliette Binoche plays her part with such clarity that oneIf you are waiting for a sequel for 'Before Sunset' , this movie wont disappoint. Juliette Binoche plays her part with such clarity that one feels like she is the person she plays. Worthy of any actress award. Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2011
    8
    This film is a puzzle that grows on you after leaving the theater. In my view many of the critics have entirely misinterpreted it. TheThis film is a puzzle that grows on you after leaving the theater. In my view many of the critics have entirely misinterpreted it. The philosophical debate that occupies the forefront of the story is a disguise for a deadly serious and contrary reality behind it. In any case the story is beautifully filmed and acted and will echo in the mind long. Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2011
    5
    I don't know why critics gave this movie scores that high. I was bored a significant part of it. At times the movie was quite interesting, theI don't know why critics gave this movie scores that high. I was bored a significant part of it. At times the movie was quite interesting, the end intriguing but overall it is not a movie that I will remember in one week... Full Review »