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Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) Reviews

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April 30, 2010
The material is so relentlessly dark -- suicide, rape, eating disorders and repression all have a home here -- that the film will satisfy only Iranian history buffs and devoted Neshat fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 11, 2010
With its beautiful images and its overwhelming gravitas, it feels like a movie with a message. Unfortunately, on the way to delivering that message, it becomes weighted down by its own dreary self-importance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 4, 2010
Neshat seems more interested in making a statement and wrapping it in heavy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2010
Women without Men is a series of tableaux to which no one brought the vivants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
The script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections, upping the political angle and inexplicably eliminating motivations that made the strongly feminist story, rich in symbolism, so intriguing.
July 6, 2010
The director's use of blatantly artificial devices - characters gliding along the ground, fast-breaking dawns - detaches her film from its strongest sources of turbulence and despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 12, 2010
Set in a seething 1953 Tehran, this is the kind of film that shouts its plot developments from urgent radio broadcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2010
Women Without Men has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2010
It's an archly poetic, earnestly symbolic treatise trying awfully hard to be an important picture, but not succeeding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2010
For all its formal pleasures, I found watching Women Without Men to be a frustratingly uninvolving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2010
A movie with honorable intentions that is hobbled by its magical realist origins that put exposition and character development at the bottom of its concerns.
August 5, 2019
The true accomplishment here is that Neshat gives voice to the voiceless, and Women Without Men is an impassioned cry for freedom that echoes across generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2010
A film that buckles under the weight of a grand ambition becomes a muddied if not entirely missed opportunity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2010
Striking imagery of dreamy set pieces and aching sympathy make up for the formulistic relationships and characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 15, 2010
Quietly engrossing, lyrical and visually sumptuous without veering toward melodrama or pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.20/10
May 9, 2010
There is no dramatic leap to death, but rather only a tentative embrace of "a new form, a new way," much like Iran's short-lived experiment in democracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2018
Although uneven in patches, this is a pertinent work on female resilience, made with an array of images painstakingly constructed for insightful social, political and artistic commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2010
Rape, resistance and rebel radio in Iran, and a tormented girl forced into prostitution whose ravaged, anorexic body symbolizes women and a nation alike, plundered and depleted by avaricious forces feeding upon it, both foreign and conspiring from within.
May 12, 2010
Neshat's love for interactive video installations and abiding interest in Islamic feminine identity are evident in her dreamy first feature, a 2009 Venice Film Festival prizewinner that is stronger on beautiful imagery than on narrative flow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 14, 2010
The film surpasses even Michael Haneke's White Ribbon in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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