Certified Copy (Copie Conforme)
Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama from legendary auteur Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THE WIND WILL CARRY US), his first feature made outside of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The main stars are absolutely perfect in this absorbing, existential drama that dissects human relationships.

James Berardinelli

. The basic plot - a man and a woman traveling and talking - is reminiscent of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Before Sunset films, but the way in which Certified Copy calls into question the nature of reality is more akin to Inception.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Certified Copy" promises more than it delivers, but the limited portions are fresh.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Kiarostami adopts a lush visual scheme and almost lighthearted tone that provides levity to a remarkably demanding work, one that's as playfully deceptive and cunning as anything the director has made before.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The conclusion is abrupt and unsatisfying, but the philosophical dialogue Kiarostami manages to keep aloft for well over an hour touches on intriguing questions of openness, self-honesty, and personal freedom.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

There's a divinely comical lightness to Binoche here: Even in states of conniption and complaint, she's floating, albeit manically.

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Richard Porton
Cinema Scope

In many respects, Certified Copy is every bit as elliptical and provocative as more transparently "experimental" films.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The movie threatens to become a sketch about a coquette and a boor squabbling at each other to little effect.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Certified Copy is a slighter but more ingratiating film and a chance to see a master filmmaker in uncharacteristic playful mode.

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Sean Axmaker

Imagine a cinematic equivalent of a Picasso cubist portrait, but instead of showing multiple perspectives of an object in an image, it presents experiences from different periods in a life in a single narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A brilliant drama that begins with a realistic approach but then suddenly shifts to a more surrealistic tone after halfway through, becoming so emotionally… More
Tired of Previews
Directed (and written) by Abbas Kiarostami, MK2 Productions, 2010. Starring: Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Genre: Drama Question: Do you ever… More
William Dunmyer
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but "Certified Copy" is the first Abbas Kiarostami film I've seen. During the 1990s, when Kiarostami's… More
Dan Schultz
A delightful romantic-comedy concerning an accomplished author (William Shimell) and his afternoon with a woman (Juliette Binoche) who attends a lecture of his… More
'Certified Copy'. An absolute gem on originality, value, and the perceptions that change one or the other. Two brilliant central performances and… More
Greg S
An antiques shop dealer contacts the writer of "Certified Copy," a book that proclaims that copies are as important as originals, to argue about his… More