The Salesman (Forushande)
The Salesman (Forushande) (2017)

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 27, 2017
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Charged, intelligent but not entirely satisfying.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

The gears in The Salesman are not so hidden and a sense of contrived drama leads to some tedious sections. But all is forgiven when the final punches are delivered in a knock-out finale that leaves the viewer tense and breathless.

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Steve Murray

As in his other films, Farhadi presents a very realistic-seeming scenario that's threaded throughout with quiet, masterful details that lead to almost unbearable moral suspense.

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Gary M. Kramer

One of the reasons The Salesman crackles is because Hosseini gives such a remarkable performance.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

For two-thirds of its running time, attention must be paid to an exquisitely realized suspense-thriller. It isn't until Farhadi borrows a calculable cup of revenge from the Death Wish cookbook that his soufflé begins to flatten.

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Jaime Fa de Lucas

The film advances by forced marches until the second half where the footage intensifies, but without losing that forced and capricious halo that wanders throughout the film. [Full review in Spanish]

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Owen Gleiberman

The film is beautifully acted by Shahab Hosseini, who makes Emad a knight with a control freak inside, and Taraneh Alidootsi, who suggests a woeful Iranian version of Marion Cotillard. But the great performance here is that of Babak Karimi.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is by any measure a great film, a quiet, yet overwhelmingly intense production that forces us to recalibrate our notion of what suspenseful cinema can mean and do.

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Carl Kozlowski
Pasadena Weekly

The brilliance of Farhadi's work is such that he takes a seemingly simple situation and turns it into a never-ending series of twists and turns that work as both Hitchcockian thrillers, as well as simple human tragedies worthy of Ingmar Bergman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Those acquainted with Farhadi's works can easily see what he is trying to say about the complexity of situations and people's actions, although he is… More
Ian Walker
Superbly acted. I can see why this got an Oscar. That is backed up by an interesting story too, which is powerful, and focuses on the effects of post trauma… More
Glenn Gaylord
IT'S MILLER TIME - My Review of THE SALESMAN (3 1/2 Stars) Iranian filmmakers have long disguised their political dissent by way of children's… More
Alec Barniskis
No one makes a character study like Farhadi. The incorporation of "Death of a Salesman" here is brilliant, with the plot perfectly mirroring that… More