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

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2010
No One Knows About Persian Cats is an exhilarating examination of a leading Iranian criminal enterprise -- music...
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2010
The film has a remarkably exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Stubborn, high-spirited and carefully calculated rebellion is Mr. Ghobadi's subject, and also the prevailing ethic of his film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 16, 2010
The subject may be serious, but Ghobadi's approach is mostly light and humorous, at least until the final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 15, 2010
Though it's cool to hear the variety of the Iranian underground music scene (which encompasses heavy metal, blues, folk, hip-hop, and cabaret-pop, among other styles), No One Knows About Persian Cats is a drama largely devoid of, well, drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2010
The close-to-the-ground style compensates for the tenuous narrative structure by capturing the energy and variety of Tehran's music scene in all its bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
Cconsidering that everything the movie shows -- including two women singing a folk song -- is illegal, bravado is a given.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 14, 2010
These artists are risking everything by playing Western-influenced music; that Ghobadi cheapens and cheeses up their subversion with Hollywood tricks makes for a seriously bitter irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2009
This bold piece of docu-fiction, an open protest against censorship and the repression of individual liberties, will no doubt make waves in Iran.
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Alissa Simon
Variety
May 15, 2009
Fueled by frustration with the myriad prohibitions governing life in Iran, No One Knows About Persian Cats strings an improvised tale around Tehran's underground indie-rock scene.