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Persepolis (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 148 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.

98%
Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 48,694

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Movie Info

Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists first take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. She cleverly outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war. Then Marjane's journey moves on to Austria where, as a teenager, her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content)
Genre:
Drama , Animation
Directed By:
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Written By:
Marjane Satrapi , Vincent Paronnaud
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 24, 2008
Box Office:
$4.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Persepolis

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (148) | Rotten (6) | DVD (15)

It's a mind-blower.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

The film's nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Slate
Top Critic

Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Daily Telegraph

You could ask for a more hardcore adaptation of her bitterly funny, sad and angry book, I think, but not for a more enjoyable one.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Daily Telegraph

Equal parts contrarian and humanist, Persepolis -- regardless of how it was inked -- refuses to see anything in black and white.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Paste Magazine

Moving, perceptive and extremely funny.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Observer [UK]

Persepolis, despite its inventive and pleasing animation, drags on dully.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Film School Rejects

The diffused momentum arguably suits the subject: that's teen turmoil for you, heightened here by the troubles of time and place.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Total Film

Marjane's outlook on events is always slightly skewed and caricatured, and the visuals keep Persepolis striking to the eye even during its less dramatically satisfying patches.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Time Out Chicago

There's very little that's whimsical about this coming-of-age chronicle, but if we're looking for political reflection we're reading the wrong comic book.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Extremely entertaining, often moving and an eye-opener to those of us who know little about Iran.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Based on her own graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's film is a masterly work.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

A moving, intimate, complex, visually beautiful black-and-white story.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Movies.com

A gentle dance performed at the edge of the abyss

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

Marjane learns that there's no place like home. And we Americans watching realize that people have homes even in the heart of the Axis of Evil.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

un récit d'une remarquable sensibilité s'imposant comme une oeuvre de marque au sein d'un genre que nous n'avons pas encore l'habitude de voir sous un jour aussi politisé

Full Review… | October 29, 2008

Here is an adaptation so inspired, so simple and so frictionless in its transformation of the source material that it's almost a miracle.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Guardian

Satrapi's life story is exhilarating and heartbreaking; filtering political events through her youthful experience of them creates a very different, very human picture of Iran.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Persepolis

½

Just about as expected. In fact, I was prepared for worse experience while opting for it. It had too much in it that appealed me to stay away from it. But as usual, I couldn't ignore its high rating for ever (I did it for long, though). Of course, had it been a movie for kids, I might not have dared to go for it.

A critically acclaimed animated autobiographical (give or take a little) flick that turned out to be no more than average for me.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

This smart animated film tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the eyes of a open minded young girl, growing up to be a woman both inside and abroad of the country. That's surprisingly informative as a history lesson, both funny and dark and realistic at times, but always striking the right tone. While the animation always stays simplistic, the main character easily engages the audience and makes you care for her voyage and the story of her home. Only the ending comes off as a bit anticlimatic, but that doesn't take anything away from the importance and charm of the film. Very well done.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

Intimacy with the history of Iran, the Islamic Revolution through an animated autobiography by and of Marjane Satrapi, a witness to the oppression of civil and women rights in Iran. Persepolis is visually beautiful, and socially, culturally, and politically reflective. Significant.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

½

I saw this movie in school, and my reaction. It was actually pretty good. Very, very good. It had some big flaws, but for the most part, I enjoyed it.

Let's start with the bad, and work up to the good. First of, despite most of the movie being very good, the ending flat out sucked. Like it really, really sucked. They leave us on a cliff hanger, yet they never give us a sequel. Heck, they don't even give us a spin off television series. It's right up there with Knowing for worst ending ever.

However, the good really outweighs the bad. Marji is a very interesting and complicated character. She is very free spirited and brave, but sometimes that can get her in trouble. By the end of the movie, we truly feel for her, especially when Uncle Anooush is arrested.

The script was also very good. I don't often notice a script, but the script for Persepolis was so good it was actually quite shocking.

It's a very intelligent and emotional film that I reccomend to anyone, especially historical fiction lovers and fans of the movie The Boy in The Striped Pajamas. Great, great film.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

Persepolis Quotes


Marjane (Child) (French Version): Every morning she would put fresh jasmine flowers in her bra. When she was taking it off, the flowers would fall from her breasts. It was magical. How do you manage to have such round breasts at your age? Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): Everyday I put them for 10 minutes in bowl of icy cold water. Marjane (Child) (French Version): I'll miss you.
– Submitted by caroban s (4 months ago)
Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.
– Submitted by caroban s (4 months ago)
Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid.
– Submitted by Reza P (5 months ago)
Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): Fear is what makes us lose our conscience.
– Submitted by Ciara Vic L (2 years ago)
Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): The first marriage is practice for the second.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Marjane's Grandmother (French and English Version): Fear lulls our minds to sleep.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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