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3 Faces Reviews

May 1, 2019
A revelatory meander through Iran's remote villages, with every detour throwing a sidelight on customs and habits shaping everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2019
This is another example of how Panahi, under the guise of looking inward, is really using cinema to celebrate his connection to others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2019
Provocative without being hectoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2019
Perhaps a little slacker than some of his previous outings, but Panahi's commitment and courage shine through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2019
3 Faces is Panahi at his best. The holistic vision of a nation is all at once generous and embracing, alarming and admonitory, bleak and beautiful. Truth is delivered to us by an artist who has suffered it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 11, 2019
Unquestioned patriarchal tradition and desperate responses to its oppressive power are dramatized in the Iranian director Jafar Panahi's sly and defiant metafictional road movie.
March 8, 2019
With 3 Faces, writer/director Panahi solidifies his artistic handle on his unjust situation by inventing new ways to work around it and remains, more than ever, an effortless blender of documentary and fiction through mystifying methods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
March 8, 2019
Panahi's sympathies are clear, but his humanity is boundless.
March 7, 2019
Panahi, who defied a filmmaking ban from the Iranian government to make this, is a director always worth supporting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2019
The story is streamlined, simple and elegant, but the plot is thickly layered.
March 7, 2019
Metaphors speak louder than words in this stealthy new drama by state-harassed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2018
The first hour of 3 Faces is remarkable, featuring some of Panahi's best filmmaking, but it slips through his fingers in the final act.
September 5, 2018
It's a film full of delicate metaphors and gentle humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 2, 2018
With "3 Faces," the caged Panahi is determined to sing someone else's song, and in times like these, such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.
May 30, 2018
As fascinating as it may be, the mystery is something of a red herring: Panahi is interested more in exploring the subtle dynamic between himself and Jafari...
May 15, 2018
"3 Faces" may be modest and low-key on the surface, but its surprises are worth preserving, its insights casually profound.
May 15, 2018
Although 3 Faces is far from Panahi's best work, it's still a solid primer on how much a skilled filmmaker can achieve with very few resources.
May 14, 2018
Even as Three Faces staggers along, it maintains the unique blend of introspection and intrigue that defines this singular director's talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2018
Delightful, although its modesty and quietism make it unlikely to win any prizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 14, 2018
Charming Iranian cinema at its purest.
May 14, 2018
A minor, but still rewarding Panahi film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 14, 2018
There's...plenty to chew on in this lovely film, which fights for the liberation of multiple parties, the maker and his subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2018
Part intriguing mystery, part examination of clashing traditional and modern cultures, it once again exhibits Panahi's ability to interrogate Iran's inner divisions without imposing easy judgments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5