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Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)

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Average Rating: 10/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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This highly charged political thriller draws on real events to tell a unfortunately common tale or repression in contemporary Iran. Kasra, an Iranian author who's been secretly writing his memoirs, is under strict monitoring by the country's security service. His stories are related to his time in jail as a political prisoner and to other events connected to his life as an intellectual in Iran. After preparing his writings to be published as a book, Kasra gets ready to leave the country - but

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Unlike Rasoulof and Panahi's previous, more metaphorical films, this one confronts its subject head-on with unflinching candor.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A fairly gripping thriller, and Rasoulof's most angry work to date.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Mohammad Rasoulof's slow-burning, clandestinely made fifth feature is a brave, challenging look at Iran's feared security apparatus.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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A slow-motion explosion of anti-authoritarian rage.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Manuscripts Don't Burn is more rueful than action-packed, yet it simmers with righteous refusal. That's what gives the movie a power no Bourne flick will ever match.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Harrowing, defiant, and exemplifying through its very existence the moral courage its totalitarian villains stamp down ...

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The message is so important - and Rasoulof is conveying it under such difficult conditions - that the film rather transcends normal considerations.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A strong, daring, haunting film.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

In a way, it makes as much sense to review this like any other movie as it does to review a mass demonstration or a strike. If you understand the film's political importance, you understand the need to see it and recommend it widely.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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...[W]arts and all, this is a piece of work that needs to be disseminated and talked about.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Its chilly, muted colors, claustrophobic framings and understated performances by an excellent cast recall '70s American suspensers such as "The Conversation" and "Klute."

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Rasoulof creates the sense that we're not only witnessing a bleak reality, but hovering inside of it, uncertain if the nightmare will ever end.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Rasoulof's dissident return to filmmaking is ultimately little more than a sporadically searing, unfocused and listless treatise on the pervasive censorship enforced by the autocratic Iranian government.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The film observes rather than thrills, methodically demonstrating: this is how it happens. This tone and the even-keel direction avoid the trappings of a screed. It's actually a quiet but angry film.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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