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  • Summary: In Italy to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a young French woman and jets off to San Gimignano with her. (IFC Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

See all 23 Critic Reviews

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. Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2012
    10
    Abbas Kiarostami is one of the greatest directors of all time, and this film is just another masterpiece of his brilliant works, i recommend it to all. Expand
  3. Jan 7, 2012
    8
    Be careful if you prefer your movies wrapped up in a pleasant little bow with an obvious beginning, middle, end, and with all questions and conflicts answered and sorted out. Certified Copy raises hundreds of absorbing and metaphysical questions, none of which will be answered for you at the end. In fact, the audience is cerebrally supposed to do the heavy lifting here. If you see this with your significant other or a friend, plan on dedicating the hour post-film to declaring and defending your arguments on who the couple is, where they are in their relationship, and what is the truth. Writer/director Abbas Kiarostami is not teasing his audience as some viewers might accuse him; rather, he is challenging them. If you do not want to work in your movie going experience, go to your local multiplex and watch the latest forgettable wide release. However, if you are intrigued by piecing together intellectual puzzle pieces, Certified Copy will give you as much of a contest of wits as the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. From the setup; however, there are no signs at all that this film will be anything other than a modern, romantic European dialogue driven movie. This is Before Sunrise in a small Tuscan village with middle-aged characters instead of Vienna seen through the eyes of naive early-20s backpackers. The man, James Miller (William Shimell), is on a book tour in Italy because unexpectedly, his work has become quite popular with Italians, even more popular than in his native England. His premise concerns original art versus its copies. Why are originals valued and exalted more than copies which may be even better than the original it was forged from? Furthermore, why does having the knowledge of whether or not a piece of art is actually the original change the viewerâ Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love the dialogue in this movie, and the intrigue throughout most of what these two people's relationship is. I also love the way after each intense exchange the director gives you quiet to ponder what has been said and what emotions the characters are going through. My problems with the story all stem from the fact that we never really have anyone or anything to get emotionally attached to or root for. I wish we had seen at least a little interaction between the father and son instead of just complete indifference. Overall this movie was tremendously written and very well acted. Expand
  6. 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... Expand

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