Chicken with Plums Reviews

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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
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2012
Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
"Predictability" is not in Satrapi and Paronnaud's vocabulary, and that is no small thing in this or any other movie era. But the whole those parts form never exceeds their sum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 14, 2012
"Chicken With Plums" is a whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 14, 2012
This highly stylized, often beautiful rumination on life and art and the choices we make just sort of lies there, waiting to expire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 13, 2012
For the most part it's a savory treat, much like the titular dish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2012
It is the story of a man who, disappointed by life and love, decides to go to bed and die. And the movie does the same - only it dies a full hour before the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 6, 2012
Chicken With Plums is not a thoroughly delectable concoction, but its exotic flavor is worth sampling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2012
It's not entirely satisfying, but there's plenty to savor in "Chicken With Plums."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2012
The story lacks the historical sweep of Persepolis... this often plays like a bummed-out Amelie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2012
It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 22, 2012
The filmmakers rely on expressive eyes to carry a narrative style suitable for a silent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 17, 2012
The many surreal flourishes, like the film's giant breasts and petals floating through a pink-tinged sky, are supposed to be absolved of cringing obviousness because they're, you know, poetic and exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 16, 2012
This richly embroidered tale feels more anecdotal than epic, less like a fully imagined film than like a series of beguiling and beautiful pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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August 16, 2012
Its storytelling style is playful and self-conscious, with magically unrealist touches.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 16, 2012
Chicken with Plums is well-acted across the board, but it is Amalric's movie.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 14, 2012
With all the furious wand-waving, the story itself never gets to cast much of a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
The honest undercurrent of melancholy keeps the whole thing from becoming unmoored.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2012
Live-action follow-up to "Persepolis" set in 1950s Iran blends humor and poetry with delightful artistry.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
September 15, 2011
The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made Persepolis such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 10, 2011
The nested narrative structure gives the movie a sense of inevitability that makes it all the more powerful when Almaric's wife and kids try to figure out what could make him happy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+