Crimson Gold Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 3, 2004
| Original Score: B+
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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
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 14, 2004
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Arizona Republic
May 14, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2004
The success of Crimson Gold depends to an intriguing degree on the performance of its leading actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2004
A stark, minimalist near-masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 8, 2004
The leisurely pace and fatalism become riveting, and the film takes on an unnerving, unblinking intimacy, even as the characters remain distant.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 2, 2004
An eloquent look at a man made less human by the world around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2004
An engrossing tale of class differences that reveals tiny details of one man's descent into hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 26, 2004
The year's first great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 25, 2004
A remarkable work, as much for its uncompromising view of a claustrophobic urban landscape as for its always-muted compassion.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2004
A mesmerizing, and devastating, story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
Emadeddin's performance, due either to the actor's medicated state or perhaps to the symptoms of the disease itself, is a marvel of everyman affectlessness.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 6, 2004
A fascinating whydunit.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2004
Panahi seems at last to speak with his own beguiling, cryptically beautiful expressiveness, which grows ever more absorbing with each of its purposefully irresolute turns.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 29, 2004
Combines the talents of two of Iran's most forceful critics of their country's theocratic regime.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2004
A fable of money as the root of jealousy, discord, violence, but the film's slippery fascination as sociological exposť is the flip side of its thinness as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 22, 2004
The lead character in Crimson Gold is so detached, the audience never becomes emotionally involved in the world Panahi depicts.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 16, 2004
It offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the Iranian wealthy. And it does so in the service of a surprisingly bleak, radically class-conscious vision of Iranian life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 15, 2004
Jafar Panahi's film exposes the cruelties and inequities of a society sharply polarized by class and corrupted by selfishness, snobbery and cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 15, 2004
Hot enough to have been banned in its home country, and resonant enough to command our watchful participation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 13, 2004
A deceptively modest undertaking that brilliantly combines unpretentious humanism and impeccable formal values.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2003
A flawlessly executed character study.