The Wind Will Carry Us


Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. A celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime.
  2. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    A film poem of sometimes humbling beauty: a movie that opens up a new world to us - in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan - with an enchanting freshness and austerity of vision.
  4. 100
    To my mind, the greatest film by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami.
  5. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    The best film we'll see this year.
  6. Its effects seem more like those of a poem or a piece of music than a movie. Requires the reverent darkness and communal solitude of a theater.
  7. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    Will test your powers of attention. The effort is worth every minute.
  9. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The rhythm of rural life has rarely seemed so lucid and luminous.
  10. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
  11. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    A brilliant if slow-paced movie about one man's unwitting journey into adulthood.
  12. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's a meditation on life and death, but it's less somber and more light-handed, subtle, and mischievously funny.
  13. L.A. Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    "Nothing happening" is everything happening between the lines, in the gap created between what is unstated onscreen and what we bring to the story ourselves.
  14. No doubt some viewers could find fault with the slack pacing, though it's hardly inappropriate for a film that's fundamentally about emerging from frustration and stasis into a state of grace.
  15. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    The impact of its finish has been dissipated by too much meandering along the way.
  16. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Poetic but tedious and all but plotless.
  17. Film is often too subtle and languorous for its own purposes: At times, it's close to soporific.
  18. 60
    On the surface, nothing really happens, but to call it a nonevent would be to miss the point entirely.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. RezaT.
    Apr 16, 2008
    This is by far the best Kiarostami`s film. Watching it is an amazing journey to human soul.
  2. LizD.
    May 17, 2007
    An awesome film. and the "engineer" appears as a good guy--who is really an assassin.
  3. NaomiH
    Nov 8, 2006
    I have to admit, this was a very difficult film for me to sit through. I happen to be one that loves slow, beautiful movies. I stand up to I have to admit, this was a very difficult film for me to sit through. I happen to be one that loves slow, beautiful movies. I stand up to criticism from friends and family who think foreign films are boring and plotless. I don't want to give this a poor review, I just want people to be aware that not everyone has the right sensibilities to enjoy this film. I thought I did, but I was wrong. If the intention was to exasperate me every time the phone rang, the film won. Boy did it win. Full Review »