There Is No Evil

critic Reviews

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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    [W]hen juxtaposed against a history of Iranian cinema that has often relied on child-centric allegory and non-specific narrative to make its societal critiques, [it] practically blisters with the intensity of specifically living in Iran... now
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    Godfrey CheshireRogerEbert.com
    A powerful work of moral courage and urgency.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    It's a comparatively solid quartet of short films that critically examine the country's dehumanizing system of capital punishment, putting a human face on the citizen-executioner asked to carry out the all-too-frequently enacted death penalty.
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    Roxana HadadiAV Club
    The film's as compassionate as it is unsettling, and as provocative as it is poignant.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Rasoulof's aesthetic is plain and practical; his sense of drama has the revelatory power of documentary.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    Rasoulof's style infuses the subject matter with a sense of poetry and moral reckoning that invokes age-old Persian literary traditions.
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    Gisela SavdieLetra Urbana
    The first thought this movie brings to mind is Hannah Arendt's 'banality of evil', especially the excellent and shocking first chapter, which prepares us for the rest [full review in Spanish]
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    Neely SwansonEasy Reader (California)
    A profound and uncomfortable exploration of the blurry lines between personal morality and right and wrong.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCombustible Celluloid
    Rasoulof's patient, painterly compositions have a way of getting at the interior horrors of this situation while avoiding any direct commentary.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedHammer to Nail
    It's a cinematic catharsis not as devastating as it sounds, for out of the trauma comes renewed faith in humanity.
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