Chicken with Plums Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014
As whimsical a film about a suicidal old man as you'll find.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
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.
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
These moments give flavor, but fail to cohere into any particular taste.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
April 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
April 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
March 11, 2013
...an 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 | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013
... uneven blend of whimsy and surrealism that's visually compelling but narratively flat.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 5, 2012
Takes its time creating sad beauty
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2012
Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2012
[Amalric] anchors Satrapi and Paronnaud's magical visual range and an emotional journey that zips from ecstasy to tragedy and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 5, 2012
Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 4, 2012
This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
October 4, 2012
It's fascinating as an offbeat storytelling exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 21, 2012
Tepid stew.
Full Review | Original Score: B minus
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
There are a few writing problems and the melancholy mood weighs heavily, but Amalric's performance remains the film's rallying point.
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