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An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the end, so much of The Past just doesn't have that crucial ring of truth to it. Disappointing and underwhelming."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Farhadi is the rare director who can establish an atmosphere of intimacy that resonates with meaning and sentiment."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"One of the most impressive things about Farhadi's film is the way he reveals facts about the tale and his extraordinary timing in which he reveals them. The movie unfolds like a surprise birthday gift."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"This slim and pretty terrific thriller may just prove to be the ultimate antidote to this summer's bloated superhero onslaught."
‑ Joanna Langfield, The Movie Minute
"The Past is clearly the work of a master dramatist, and precious few filmmakers in world cinema are currently operating at Farhadi's level."
‑ Philip Concannon, The Skinny
"Farhadi has pulled off the dysfunctional family mystery trick twice now, brilliantly, and perhaps three times in a row would be too much. But it's doubtful he will leave behind the fertile ground of family ties and modern messiness. He sees so much there."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Um filme povoado por pessoas que tentam encontrar sentido onde não há nenhum."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Farhadi's most thrilling gift, which seems innate and intuitive, is in demonstrating how figures move, are framed by frames, reflected by surfaces, going beyond elementary considerations, describing a vital mathematics of humans in motion."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Farhadi finds his characters trapped, not by the constraints of an overbearing authority but by the spectre of the past."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
""The Past" is long and occasionally feels slow - as real life sometimes does - but never false."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The Past is about people who wish they could erase what came before and just live in the now, but life doesn't let anyone off the hook that easily."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's a testament to Farhadi that I could even consider a movie as good as 'The Past' to be any kind of disappointment."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"While Farhadi's eye for detail is as unsparing as ever, his style this time around has begun to look formulaic."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"With its sympathies forever shifting among its characters, the film asks whether the truth is ever even objectively knowable, let alone whether honesty is always the best policy."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
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