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No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

What really distinguishes the film-banned in Iran, it goes without saying-is the enormous risks these musicians take, which Ghobadi ultimately drives home with legitimate dramatic license.

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July 1, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Semi-improvised and shot on the run, No One Knows About Persian Cats is undeniably rough around the edges, but its raw immediacy is exhilarating.

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August 2, 2012
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama.

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December 30, 2010
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Moves forward with a carefree appreciation for music and the people who make it, and all the while, bitter reality is waiting in the background, waiting to take over.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2010
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's a real life-threatening risk being in this pic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2010
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

If the whole enterprise seems underdeveloped, that's obviously in part a symptom of the system it gently but resoundingly critiques.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2010
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

If the movie contained nothing but musical performances, it would be worth the price of admission. Beyond that, it is about as good an explanation of why Iranian youth revolved as you like to find.

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May 21, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It might have been a better idea for the makers of No One Knows About Persian Cats to make a straightforward documentary.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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No One Knows About Persian Cats ends on a sudden note of tragedy that almost ruins the exuberant spirit of everything that has preceded it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2010
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

I am loving No One Knows About Persian Cats, its moving story about real people who just want to play music, first rate production %u2013 it is hard to believe that this was all shot guerrilla style in the heart of Muslim Tehran %u2013 and terrific

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

May 16, 2010
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

It's a slice of reality hidden under a narrative veneer, illustrating the plight of Iran's muzzled arts community. That's hard-to-resist stuff, and it makes Persian Cats purr.

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

May 14, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Ghobadi has emerged as a filmmaker whose gift for poetic realism was only equaled by an unerring sense of precisely when and how to break the viewer's heart.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Kind of like John Carney's 2006 hardscrabble charmer Once, only with morality police and sharia law.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.

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May 10, 2010
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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A winning and celebratory look at Tehran's distressed rock musicians.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Part amusing docudrama, part music video collection, Ghobadi makes sharp political observations without getting on a soap box...

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A swinging look at underground rock music in Tehran and the young hopefuls who make it happen.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

May 3, 2010
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