Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
  3. A celebration of the human spirit nothing short of sublime.
  4. 100
    To my mind, the greatest film by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami.
  5. 93
    The best film we'll see this year.
  6. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    90
    Will test your powers of attention. The effort is worth every minute.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    The rhythm of rural life has rarely seemed so lucid and luminous.
  9. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    90
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
  10. A brilliant if slow-paced movie about one man's unwitting journey into adulthood.
  11. If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    It's a meditation on life and death, but it's less somber and more light-handed, subtle, and mischievously funny.
  13. 80
    "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. The impact of its finish has been dissipated by too much meandering along the way.
  16. 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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    On the surface, nothing really happens, but to call it a nonevent would be to miss the point entirely.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. RezaT.
    Apr 16, 2008
    10
    This is by far the best Kiarostami`s film. Watching it is an amazing journey to human soul.
  2. LizD.
    May 17, 2007
    9
    An awesome film. and the "engineer" appears as a good guy--who is really an assassin.
  3. NaomiH
    Nov 8, 2006
    6
    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 »