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A Hero Reviews

January 29, 2022
A Hero is not the most essential Asghar Farhadi movie, but its best qualities exemplify what makes him such an important filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2022
Farhadi works in a key of wide-screen realism, the better to let everyone have their say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2022
Farhadi delivers another knotty morality tale with his superb new film, A Hero.... a quietly devastating portrait of a man damned.
January 20, 2022
"A Hero" is a simple story of how quickly things can fall apart, especially for those who are already vulnerable or prone to losing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 20, 2022
A bubbling thriller about one man's two-day leave from jail and how one innocence-driven good deed tangles itself in a mess that jeopardizes his chances of getting out of jail permanently.
January 17, 2022
Farhadi wrings two magnificently raw performances from both actors, providing A Hero with its one and only honest truth.
January 13, 2022
The cast is perfect throughout, blending pros and amateurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2022
Asghar Farhadi's A Hero is a drama that plays like a thriller.
January 9, 2022
What begins as funny and almost farcical, soon shifts into something much sadder and more sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2022
It may be our instinct to understand stories in terms of heroes and villains, but Farhadi, a peerless dramatist, seeks to defy those binaries at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 7, 2022
Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi's insightful film gives us a hustler we question but still root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2022
It's not easy to pick the side of the ostensible protagonist... I rather liked it.
January 7, 2022
Shot with precision, written with elegance and unfolding at a thriller-like pace.
January 7, 2022
A Hero, in which Farhadi returns to his native Iran after a trip to Spain for 2018′s Everybody Knows, is one of the most labyrinthine moral tales you're likely to encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2022
Just when you think you've pinned down someone as good or bad, the tables are turned and the complexities thicken. Just like in real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 7, 2022
Farhadi patiently cranks up the moral suspense until we can barely breathe.
January 7, 2022
The movie's title becomes less ambiguous and more reflective of what everyday heroism means.
January 7, 2022
It's funny, droll and uneven, somewhere between Frank Capra, O Henry and a deadpan Jim Carrey comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 6, 2022
One of Farhadi's shrewder insights here is that institutions, perhaps even more than individuals, have a real stake in turning inspirational stories to their financial and reputational advantage.
January 6, 2022
A cautionary fable whose purest notes ring poignantly, painfully true.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 6, 2022
Seeing both sides in a drama can be a formula for noble tedium. With Farhadi, it works to enrich his material and make it memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2022
A blistering, if gentle, triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 6, 2022
Farhadi comes home to make yet another subtle, layered dissection of modern morality among the Iranian middle class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 6, 2022
The movie takes place in Iran, yet it's really situated in the crack of daylight that separates truth from a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2022
[An] ingenious and engrossing movie...
January 5, 2022
True to form, Farhadi swims into these moral questions without being shrill or even choosing sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2022
Sometimes the smallest things can get away from us. Farhadi knows this, and reminds us, again and again in this outstanding film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2022
A chilling demonstration of how, as the song says, money changes everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 2, 2022
The experience is akin to watching a movie about someone dying of a minor infection because no one in the house knows that antibiotics have been invented.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
November 12, 2021
Part of the movie's brilliance is in how it questions the very concept of a good deed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 18, 2021
There's never just one central drama in an Asghar Farhadi film. The Iranian auteur finds ways to bring multiple story lines and culpability together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2021
This astute, subversively funny film fills a broad canvas. Mainly, though, it's about long division, the all-too-human state of being permanently and unwittingly split down the middle.
July 22, 2021
Farhadi might not be a filmmaker you expect to tackle the emotional ramifications of social media, but in his low-key way, he manages to spin Rahim's diffidence into a shrewd portrait of how random faces in the crowd can sow doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2021
A superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society's values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2021
A soulful reflection on the morality of crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2021
Farhadi is one of those filmmakers whose personal style is as steadfast as Marvel's: allowing for a few cosmetic tweaks and squeaks each time, you generally know what you're going to get. And generally, it's very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2021
The film is a demonstrative examination of the way our raising of heroes onto social media pedestals diminishes the messy, sometimes impenetrable truth of human lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2021
As it takes more and more twists, the story veers on the edge of Shakespearean tragicomedy, with darkly funny results. But the dominant tone is dramatic, and occasionally tense and painful, as we watch our hero make dubious choices.
July 13, 2021
"A Hero," for all that's good in it, is a Farhadi movie that speaks to our heads (and sometimes has us scratching them) more than it does our hearts.
July 13, 2021
A very fine film about honesty, honor and the price of freedom.
July 13, 2021
There is plenty of interest here - and yet I have to admit to slight reservations about the melodramatic contrivances, which stretch credulity a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5