Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jun 21, 2013
    100
    Like Someone in Love, is another miracle at close quarters. Its subject is the impossibility of intimacy in the modern world: chewy stuff, to be sure, but Kiarostami explores it with a depth and delicacy that recalls the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 14, 2013
    100
    Every shot — everything you see, and everything you don’t — imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 12, 2013
    100
    The movie's sense of immutable desire resonates well after the lights have come up.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 21, 2013
    90
    The greatest fascination is watching these three people when they're planted firmly inside the frame, talking at cross-purposes while trying to perceive one another in the reflected light of their needs and risky assumptions.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 14, 2013
    90
    From moment to moment the low-key intrigue threatens to slip into Hitchcock territory; when it does, it's not in the form of high-wire suspense but in a burst of understated playfulness.
  6. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    Mar 20, 2013
    89
    The characters’ painful inability to connect only endears them to us, and somehow the film seems, like any human object of our affection might, more vivid and more knowable in its absence.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 14, 2013
    88
    The film is so masterfully controlled, we feel like we’ve eavesdropped on something like life.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 14, 2013
    88
    With an attention to the telling detail that one finds in a great short story, Kiarostami guides Takanashi and Okuno - and then Kase - through the mischievous and melancholy tale. It is quiet. It is lovely. And it will stay with you for a long time.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 14, 2013
    88
    The new film is slender, and it plays obliquely with the style of the 20th-century Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu: simple shots of simple people revealing universal truths.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 28, 2013
    88
    It's also gorgeously acted by all, and while this may not be one of Kiarostami's finest, the craftsmanship nonetheless is so high, it makes everything else currently in theaters look slovenly.
  11. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Feb 14, 2013
    88
    The film's craziest, most easily mocked character emerges as the one most fully alive. Old Kiarostami, master of paradoxes, is set in his ways, but his ways are never set.
  12. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 13, 2013
    88
    If Like Someone in Love frustrates, it also has ineffable grace in the framing of Kiarostami’s long, languid shots, the changes he captures in the light, and the way the actors’ smallest movements become fascinating. This enigmatic study of identities built on social deceit offers more than easy answers ever could.
  13. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 13, 2013
    83
    The movie is playful and makes no easy moral judgments.
  14. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 8, 2013
    83
    While not his best work, Like Someone in Love is a nimble expression of Kiarostami's appeal: He remains one of the few directors capable of pulling you into a narrative and making you question its motives at every turn.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 14, 2013
    80
    Like Someone in Love is not a complicated story, but in Kiarostami’s telling, it is a rich one, and a rewarding one, too.
  16. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 16, 2013
    80
    Like Someone in Love is a movie that never quite lets you through to the other side of the glass, but it’s dazzling to watch whatever drifts by on the surface.
  17. 80
    Like Someone in Love has rather simple, sentimental, melodramatic underpinnings, but the vantage changes everything. It opens up this world — and the next. It’s an enthralling journey.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Posner
    Apr 11, 2013
    75
    A delicate pearl of a movie, Like Someone in Love is thus a meditative dance along the ambiguous borders of truth and illusion. What, Kiarostami seems to be asking, can we actually see? What can we definitively know? Far less than we think.
  19. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 18, 2013
    67
    Like Someone in Love meanders with intention toward a bittersweet resolution, but then pulls the rug out from under you in a cruelly ambiguous shot.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 16, 2013
    67
    So free-floating that it floats away.
  21. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 13, 2013
    67
    Is this the stuff of gripping drama? Not at all. But like nearly all of Kiarostami’s films, it’s the stuff of good conversation.
  22. Jan 18, 2013
    63
    Plays out as a city-mouse rejoinder to the rustic, open-air daydream of Certified Copy, a snarl of thorny free jazz to that film's graceful aria.
  23. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jun 17, 2013
    60
    Now practically an exile from his homeland, Kiarostami follows Certified Copy with another film-literate relationship drama with the enigmatic overtones of Hitchcock.
  24. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 15, 2013
    60
    Newcomers may be disappointed by such a slender effort, but fans of revered Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will find plenty to appreciate in his observant followup to 2010’s acclaimed “Certified Copy.”
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jan 18, 2013
    60
    The film constantly toys with the expectations of both its characters and the audience, transforming a classic three-way tale of mistaken identities into something much more mysterious and troubling.
  26. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    58
    A glimpse into how three different definitions of love can find themselves quietly at odds, the interactions between our three leads are always convincing if not always compelling.
  27. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Mar 8, 2013
    50
    Like Someone in Love is best suited to viewers already familiar with this extraordinary filmmaker's better work.
  28. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Jan 18, 2013
    50
    As it turns out, it's the first, not the last, word of the title that's key to this droll, elegant but faintly trying study in emotional artifice.
  29. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Feb 8, 2013
    42
    There is a fine line between meeting an audience halfway and witholding enough without falling into self-indulgence, but Kiarostami can't make that balance here. Enigmatic and dull to a maddening degree, Like Someone In Love finds Kiarostami spinning his wheels.
  30. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 12, 2013
    40
    The director has made disappointing films before — a more generous word might be transitional — but never one so slight.
  31. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jan 18, 2013
    40
    It is a beautifully shot, and very nicely acted beginning to something: but finally frustrating.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    3
    Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels to Japan for this film about a young hooker who becomes involved with an old professor. Any movie that starts with a long, inert first scene is gonna be slow, but this one takes the prize. First is a restaurant with 2 locked-down cameras for 10 min. Second is in a cab for 15 min, while listens to 8 voicemail msgs. You get the idea. At one point the old man fell asleep behind the wheel of the car for more than a minute. All sequences take place in real time with static camera and low key performances. I had plenty of time to answer a few emails and not miss a thing (even in subtitles) and may be the only person in Richmond to see this. It does have a pretty surprising shaggy dog ending. Full Review »