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Chicken with Plums Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

As whimsical a film about a suicidal old man as you'll find.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 17, 2014
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Suffused with longing and whimsy, Chicken with Plum's tone can get a little stretched; it can be a touch twee, even cautious. But mostly this adaptation retains a sad dreaminess and a melancholy comic-ness without ever getting cartoonish.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

December 27, 2013
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

These moments give flavor, but fail to cohere into any particular taste.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

unfurls in a dazzling set of sequences and montages that demonstrates everything shown to us - like marriage and society itself - may not be as it seems, or what it should have been.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2013
Eric Kohn

While visually scrumptious, the movie struggles to reach a greater profundity that it never quite obtains, but its childlike emulation of a grand tragedy is indelibly precious.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: B+

April 14, 2013
Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide

On a scene-by-scene basis, much of Chicken With Plums delivers satisfactorily, but it adds up to much less than the sum of its many parts.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2013
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

There are pleasures to be found in Chicken with Plums to be certain, but we'd hope for something a little more satisfying next time out from the directing team.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C-

April 14, 2013
Eric Melin admirable trip down the rabbit hole of a lonely man's mind and inspiration, but it loses its way about halfway through the movie and feels like a series of inspired, lovely short films, held together by the barest of threads.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

... uneven blend of whimsy and surrealism that's visually compelling but narratively flat.

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January 14, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Takes its time creating sad beauty

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 5, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Amalric] anchors Satrapi and Paronnaud's magical visual range and an emotional journey that zips from ecstasy to tragedy and back again.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2012
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Directors Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi use various cinematic tricks to examine their protagonist and his life. Voice-over narration, animation and music are a few of the options with which they compose their narration.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
Mike Russell

It's fascinating as an offbeat storytelling exercise.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

October 4, 2012
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

A crushing disappointment by almost any standard, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud's followup to the delightful Persepolis is a bad idea poorly realized.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: C-

September 28, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Tepid stew.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B minus

September 21, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Fluctuating between the extraordinary and the dull, with sections of narrative explication and tangents, Chicken With Plums can be as frustrating as it is ambitious. It's more like Chicken With Plums -- and the Kitchen Sink.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

There are a few writing problems and the melancholy mood weighs heavily, but Amalric's performance remains the film's rallying point.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

September 20, 2012
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