The Color of Paradise


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
  2. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    The film's climax involves a father and son reunion that is tense, tragic and, finally, as transcendent as Mohammad himself.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The story is spun forth ravishingly, tenderly, and urgently, with a captivating mix of beauty, spare sophistication, and profound humanity.
  4. This is a transcendent film, deeply committed and beautifully wrought. It will make anyone who sees it look at the world with new eyes.
  5. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
  6. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Ann-Rebecca Laschever
    A beautifully told story of a child's innocence and faith, filmed with exquisite detail and stunning cinematography
  7. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    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. A beautiful film from Iran explores beauty both physical and spiritual.
  12. A heartbreaker, plain and simple.
  13. Reputed to be sentimental crowd pleaser, for better and for worse.
  14. 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.
  15. 78
    Less a film than a lyrical, naturalistic tone poem.
  16. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Doesn't have the emotional heft of his "Children of Paradise," but it's still moving.
  17. It's so beautiful and moving and simple that I'm willing to forgive Majidi his contrivances.
  18. Offers a charming reinterpretation of what it means to look for happiness and all the unexpected places that it may be found.
  19. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Seductively pastoral but also a bit slight, the movie saves its best scene for the very end.
  20. Leans a bit too much toward the lachrymose and has a wrong-note final image.
  21. 70
    The surprisingly tragic climax may make it rough going for kids too young to grasp the film's comforting message.
  22. As worthy and moving as The Color of Paradise is, it is not entirely free of the manipulative, the arbitrary and the downright punitive.
  23. The performances are revelatory.
  24. 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.

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User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JunaD.
    Oct 5, 2009
    Its one of the best movies i ever saw..... In the first scene, When he touches his father's hand...there is a load of emotion Its one of the best movies i ever saw..... In the first scene, When he touches his father's hand...there is a load of emotion was so good...and the scene where he saves a baby bird..the thought wouldn't have flashed even in a perfect human's eye...totally....AWESOME BLOSSOM!! Full Review »
  2. NaveenA.
    May 5, 2007
    This is a wonderful movie. It is sheer poetry on cellulide. The last scene brings tears in viewer's eyes.