Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
  2. This is a transcendent film, deeply committed and beautifully wrought. It will make anyone who sees it look at the world with new eyes.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    The story is spun forth ravishingly, tenderly, and urgently, with a captivating mix of beauty, spare sophistication, and profound humanity.
  4. While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
  5. 93
    It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann-Rebecca Laschever
    90
    A beautifully told story of a child's innocence and faith, filmed with exquisite detail and stunning cinematography
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    This miniature epic is a film that, like its young hero, will enrich those who peer into its poignant heart.
  8. 88
    A family film that shames the facile commercialism of a product like "Pokemon" and its value system based on power and greed.It is made with delicacy and beauty.
  9. The simplicity and idealism of The Color of Paradise are part of what makes it so attractive to near-jaded palates here. There are no evil characters in the film.
  10. Another perfect little gem from Iran in which the simplest story unleashes a torrent of emotion.
  11. Like a Hollywood dolt, Majidi strives to overwhelm us with emphasis, but it's the reality he was savvy to load his movie with that's touching.
  12. A beautiful film from Iran explores beauty both physical and spiritual.
  13. A heartbreaker, plain and simple.
  14. Reputed to be sentimental crowd pleaser, for better and for worse.
  15. 78
    Less a film than a lyrical, naturalistic tone poem.
  16. Doesn't have the emotional heft of his "Children of Paradise," but it's still moving.
  17. Seductively pastoral but also a bit slight, the movie saves its best scene for the very end.
  18. Offers a charming reinterpretation of what it means to look for happiness and all the unexpected places that it may be found.
  19. It's so beautiful and moving and simple that I'm willing to forgive Majidi his contrivances.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The surprisingly tragic climax may make it rough going for kids too young to grasp the film's comforting message.
  21. The performances are revelatory.
  22. 70
    Westerners may find the religious aspects wearying and a little fantastic. The Color of Paradise is both parable and fable, a retelling of Isaac and Abraham.
  23. As worthy and moving as The Color of Paradise is, it is not entirely free of the manipulative, the arbitrary and the downright punitive.
  24. Leans a bit too much toward the lachrymose and has a wrong-note final image.
  25. Although it has a good heart and a warm spirit, this prettily filmed drama is more sentimental and manipulative than earlier Iranian films on youth-related subjects.

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