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  • Summary: A romantic comedy about an absent-minded, yet sophisticated, young Iranian-American woman who lives in "Tehrangeles", the large Iranian community of Los Angeles. While Shirin has been engaged for years to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, she lives with her overbearing mother and empathetic father. When she falls in love with a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in Northern California, a secret unravels and cultures clash. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Mar 14, 2014
    63
    Shirin in Love blends tangy romantic comedy and tart social satire into a cinematic cocktail that's pleasingly off-beat, warm-spirited and knowing.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    There’s a glint of a clever idea here, but writer-director Ramin Niami’s reliance on tired rom-com tropes only serve to drag down the film, which plays out like a Harlequin romance.
  3. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Mar 11, 2014
    40
    A pallid romantic comedy possessed of neither imagination nor heart, it stumbles, like its star, from one familiar setpiece to another with a kind of dutiful, joyless resignation.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 13, 2014
    30
    A blandly generic romantic comedy mainly notable for its largely centering on Iranian-American characters, Shirin in Love demonstrates that clichés cross all ethnic boundaries.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 13, 2014
    30
    It’s the kind of movie that makes you zero in on and root for an actor (Ms. Madigan) as she tries to wring something real out of her lines, but there’s no saving this film.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mar 13, 2014
    30
    When not serving up sentimental contrivance, Shirin in Love is just tepidly cute, with wan comic situations and lines that provide little opportunity for a game-enough cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 13, 2014
    20
    An abject filmmaking lesson in the many ways to irk moviegoers: cardboard characters, dippy plotting, sentimental overkill and tortuous logic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 16, 2014
    10
    I saw the film at the premiere and absolutely loved it. As a Iranian American I could totally relate to Shirin's character and her struggle to set herself free from traditions and follow her heart. Collapse
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    What an adorable film! It's one of those romantic comedies that completely melts the heart. But what I really liked about it was the fact that unlike most rom coms it actually had something to say. This film delves into tradition, culture and following one's dreams. What's more is thefact that a man isn't the only dream and desire Shirin has. She wants to have a career she can really be passionate about. So often these movies just focus on hopeless romantic girls that just make goo goo eyes at the leading man. This is not one of those films and that's why I liked it so much. Yes, it's romantic. Yes, it's funny. But there are actually some really heartfelt and even sad moments in it that really make one think. I'd highly recommend everyone give it a try and not dismiss it as just another chick flick. Expand

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