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  • Summary: In Islamic Iran, how much is a woman worth in comparison with a man -- and who pays the difference? This film is tale of vengeance, labyrinthine judicial procedure and the concept of "blood money." (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
  2. 75
    Excellent performances are given by all, with Alidoosti, who has the face of an angel, once again a wonder.
  3. Like most Iranian films, it's a shaggy-dog story that builds so slowly you don't see the quietly shattering climax coming.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout performances.
  5. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    Only inconsistent pacing and a few minor contrivances that develop late in the film dull its otherwise quietly effective dramatic impact.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    Iranian director Asghar Farhadi follows up his stunning debut feature "Dancing in the Dust" (2003) with this melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.
  7. 60
    At times resembling an Iranian "Dead Man Walking," Beautiful City goes out of its way to give each character a fair shake-a few patriarchal rages notwithstanding, even the vengeful father is treated sympathetically. But the script, overly laden with red herrings, forces its characters into some improbable dilemmas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Nov 5, 2011
    Asghar Farhadi is the best director of Iran. His last film "A Separation" is the first chance of 2012s Oscar. Beautiful City was his first film and had a good direction with powerful performances. I like his movies! Expand
  2. KenG.
    Apr 3, 2006
    Moving story, that was well acted, senseativity done, and introduces us to a country and a legal system most Americans know almost nothing about. Movie also works as a tender love story. The open-ended ending works well here, which isn't always the case with open-ended endings. Expand