"A soulful reflection on the morality of crime."
— Adam Solomons, Little White Lies
"A very fine film about honesty, honor and the price of freedom."
— Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Part of the movie’s brilliance is in how it questions the very concept of a good deed."
— A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
"'A Hero' is a chilling demonstration of how, as the song says, money changes everything."
— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"It’s a superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society’s values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot."
— Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Shot with precision, written with elegance and unfolding at a thriller-like pace, A Hero should perform very well around the world after this bow."
— Jason Solomons, TheWrap
"There's never just one central drama in an Asghar Farhadi film. The Iranian auteur finds ways to bring multiple story lines and culpability together."
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The film is a demonstrative examination of the way our raising of heroes onto social media pedestals diminishes the messy, sometimes impenetrable truth of human lives."
— Pat Brown, Slant Magazine
"Iran is a complex and bureaucratic country, but it is also the role of social media and so-called ‘fake news’ that lend A Hero a contemporary relevance, even as it feels like an ancient morality tale."
— John Bleasdale, CineVue
"A truly compelling drama anchored by the remarkable central performance of Amir Jadidi as a man who is almost undone by one selfless gesture that goes viral. And as we all know, viruses have a nasty tendency to mutate."
— Screen Daily
"In Mr. Farhadi's hands it's a deliciously ironic, exquisitely complex and mysteriously stirring tale of a man, his son and family, and the staining of multiple reputations by what seems, at the outset, to be a fairly minor lie."
— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Farhadi is, of course, excellent at revealing character through people thrust into morally complicated circumstances. This is achieved here through a slow build and a masterfully nuanced set of character choices."
— Andy Howell, Film Threat
"As it takes more and more twists, the story veers on the edge of Shakespearean tragicomedy, with darkly funny results. But the dominant tone is dramatic, and occasionally tense and painful, as we watch our hero make dubious choices."
— Anna Smith, Deadline Hollywood Daily