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Crimson Gold Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A functionally well made slice of sociopolitical aggrandizement that ends up being largely lost in translation, a foreign dish unsuited for general American palettes.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C

February 9, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

an artful failure, a moped-fueled odyssey into dramatic weariness and monotony

| Original Score: 2/5

September 30, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The lead character in Crimson Gold is so detached, the audience never becomes emotionally involved in the world Panahi depicts.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

January 22, 2004
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Here is a pressing tale to be told, but the film misses it in neglecting a cardinal rule that story needs to engage and inform and that something must happen.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 16, 2004
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"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

April 30, 2004
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2004
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

There are a couple of engaging sequences...but indeed the remainder is mostly mediocre, and ultimately forced.

Full Review Source: New Times

March 24, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Works better as a sociological study than as drama.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 7, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

May 7, 2004

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The success of Crimson Gold depends to an intriguing degree on the performance of its leading actor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Panahi keeps the pace brisk, and his story makes us feel sorry and protective of poor, hopelessly lost Hussein.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2004
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The film comprises a series of events, all mundane and seemingly random, that steadily coheres into a single, multifaceted image by the film's end.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

April 14, 2004
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An incisive portrait of one man's quiet rage at, and heartbreakingly violent response to, social inequality.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 3, 2005
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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This tough, bristling story about a working-class man pushed over the edge vividly brings to mind the great Hollywood social dramas of the 1930s.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2004
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

April 23, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Panahi is the most promising of the new Iranian directors.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

March 26, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

There's an energetic cynicism here that makes this quite different from most recent Iranian films -- funnier, harsher, bleaker.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 29, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Crimson Gold is a courageous Iranian film by director Jafar Panahi that conveys the harsh realities of contemporary Teheran and the chasm between the rich and the poor.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2003
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

The slow-burning fire of life's indignities becomes a riveting touchstone to explore class and economic warfare.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: B-

January 13, 2004

Film4
September 29, 2003

Guardian
October 1, 2003

Boston Phoenix
March 26, 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 9, 2004

Arizona Republic
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May 14, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Time Out
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