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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Kiarostamis blending of fiction and nonfiction techniques produces a film that can be peeled back layer by layer, revealing something new at each level."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"That it remains difficult to classify Kiarostami solely as either a great director or a great journalist at the film's end only enhances the film's power."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Abbas Kiarostami's brilliantly perceptive film is based on a true story, but is done in mock-documentary style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"... a brilliant mix of contrivance, intimacy, distance, and dramatic closure peered into like a voyeur..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"...not quite close enough."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Compelling and utterly fascinating, but be warned: This is a rough-edged film that constantly shoves the viewer's face into the fact that it is a film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The more one thinks about Close-Up, the richer it gets."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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