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Offside Reviews

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2006
The comically-tinged suspense and technical brilliance of certain moments never grow out of anything organic as in the great Panahi/Kiarostami collaboration Crimson Gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2006
Cet effort parfois maladroit dans sa propre prudence n'inspirera sûrement pas le débat de société qu'il cherche à créer
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 18, 2007
Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 31, 2007
Ultimately, satisfyingly joyous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2007
The delicately subversive [director] Mr. Panahi makes his subjects perfectly clear -- the stupidity of authority, and the hypocrisy of discrimination. Offside is surprisingly entertaining, and edifying to boot.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
a gem that should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2007
Panahi's films are the modern equivalent of messages in bottles, hurled out to sea in hopes that those in other, freer lands might see what he sees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 12, 2006
Sweetly affecting... The girls' plucky rebellion and camaraderie escape in tiny episodes that subtly reflect upon the ridiculousness of Iranian law.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2006
Panahi builds small incidents into a bracing comedy that explores the ambiguity and inconsistencies of his country's laws controlling barriers between the sexes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2007
Despite its tiny story, director Jafar Panahi gives Offside a suspenseful, you-are-there quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 10, 2006
A powerful depiction of rebellion, as well as a portrait of communication as a force capable of eradicating personal and cultural barriers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 29, 2007
From the Western perspective, the feisty protagonists' predicament might seem silly, until it gradually sinks in that this treatment is business as usual in a backward land that seems to have gotten stuck in the Middle Ages. Alley Oop lives!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 17, 2007
The film laughs at the absurdity of banning women from stadiums and tells a slight, droll story in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 23, 2007
The biggest challenge in Offside is not who wins the game, but which daring enough girls manage to sneak into the stadium.
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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
May 11, 2007
Panahi's films represent an evolution, and Offside is best understood in the context of his body of work.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 18, 2007
A film of masks . . . Droll comedy and wry ironies artfully disguise Panahi's poignant questioning of national pride, governing the public good, and even the sadness mixed in with past victories.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2007
The director shoots largely on location -- parts were filmed at Azadi Stadium during an actual match -- and mixes fiction and documentary so deftly we can't tell which is which.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 19, 2007
Panahi has learned how to use natural space, both confined and open, as the foundation for the film. Thankfully, this cinematic process rolls right over any ideas of generic plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Russell Edwards
Variety
March 16, 2011
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 2, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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