Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 9, 2011
    91
    The end will haunt you.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 7, 2011
    83
    A mental workout of the most invigorating sort.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 11, 2011
    88
    Literate and engrossing, with excellent performances.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 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 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. 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, the end intriguing but overall it is not a movie that I will remember in one week... Full Review »