Crimson Gold Reviews

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
September 8, 2005
The film's sociopolitical themes are all the more powerful for being subtly expressed through a starkly realistic tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An incisive portrait of one man's quiet rage at, and heartbreakingly violent response to, social inequality.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 2, 2004
Brutal class realities in contemporary Iran
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
an artful failure, a moped-fueled odyssey into dramatic weariness and monotony
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004
...a slow-moving but ultimately intriguing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 13, 2004
It settles into the typical reflective mode of Iranian films, but something is happening: A human being is slowly, sullenly, silently approaching his combustion point.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 13, 2004
Its cumulative power will smack viewers with all the force of a rattlesnake to the cheek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
I'm glad I saw Crimson Gold. Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Panahi's movie, unsurprisingly, has been outlawed in Iran. Nobody likes a prophet.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 27, 2004
Quietly brilliant psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
June 25, 2004
The movie can feel slow and tedious, but the supper it makes us work for is nourishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 29, 2004
As overly familiar as director Jafar Panahi's setup and delivery seems, its freshness is in its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 28, 2004
It's every bit as outwardly unruffled as its hero, but inwardly it seethes with the very same gradually accumulated rage. A devastating and beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2004
A film both shocking and humane, as if Taxi Driver were somehow rewritten by Chekhov.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 28, 2004
A work of poetry
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 21, 2004
Though it sometimes seems as plodding as its burly protagonist,...an intriguing, if imperfect, piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 7, 2004
As with many Iranian films, reality and fiction collide (the lead actor really is a pizza deliveryman), and the moral of the story is a surprisingly blunt critique of the growing inequality of wealth in the slowly Westernizing nation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 7, 2004
After watching too many scenes run too long, Crimson Gold itself will probably become tedious to most audiences -- especially those outside its home country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 7, 2004
Works better as a sociological study than as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 30, 2004
"Crimson Gold" works better when we don't look at Hussein at all, but look at Tehran through his eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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