Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Marrit Ingman
    The film is dignified rather than dour, full of rich imagery.
  2. 88
    Takes 20 minutes to burst into fierce, inspired filmmaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    What you're not prepared for in Marziyeh Meshkini's astonishing debut film is the way its central image instantly leaps into the pantheon of world cinema with a rightness and an urgency that glue your eyes to the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Jean-Pierre Coursodon
    Compelling collection of three loosely connected vignettes.
  5. 88
    One of the strengths of this film is that it never pauses to explain.
  6. 88
    Announces the arrival of an undeniable talent (Meshkini) that has come of age.
  7. Charged with humanity and compassion.
  8. Creates a flow of symbolism so potent, so transporting in its physicality, that its impact all but transcends its righteous liberal ''meaning.''
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    An exquisite trio.
  10. Reviewed by: David Chute
    Promising, if uneven, first feature.
  11. Breathtaking reverie worthy of Fellini.
  12. 93
    So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness.
  13. A spare film, with little dialogue but a lot to say.
  14. This powerful, compact trilogy speaks volumes about women in Iran.
  15. Slight but affecting triptych.
  16. Underlines the nightmare of entrapment so vividly captured in The Day I Became a Woman.
  17. Graceful compositions and slow, easy pacing.
  18. Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.
  19. What appears on the screen has a starkness that is almost indelible.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A bold, vibrant piece of filmmaking.
  21. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    A powerful statement about the social oppression of women in today's Iran.
  22. 80
    Opens cute and poignant, turns wildly visceral, and ends in a burst of magical realism.
  23. Short on drama but long on poetry.
  24. 80
    An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.

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