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

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
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.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
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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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
December 30, 2010
An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2010
There's a real life-threatening risk being in this pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
June 17, 2010
If the whole enterprise seems underdeveloped, that's obviously in part a symptom of the system it gently but resoundingly critiques.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 3, 2010
A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 21, 2010
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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: A-
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 14, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 13, 2010
Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
May 12, 2010
Kind of like John Carney's 2006 hardscrabble charmer Once, only with morality police and sharia law.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
May 10, 2010
The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2010
A winning and celebratory look at Tehran's distressed rock musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 4, 2010
Part amusing docudrama, part music video collection, Ghobadi makes sharp political observations without getting on a soap box...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 3, 2010
A swinging look at underground rock music in Tehran and the young hopefuls who make it happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 30, 2010
The blend of tunes and plot works just fine as a daisy chain of music videos, though some of the glossier segments feel out of place in an otherwise rough-hewn film about art in the face of repression. These cats are wild at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 29, 2010
The dynamic sequences of musical performances are interspersed with vignettes that come off tense or comic as the trio moves through back alleys and the underground in an urgent, life-and-death quest for freedom and rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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