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Persepolis Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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A delightful, curious film that indulges in both the personal and the political and provides a potted history of modern Iran through one woman's experience.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2008
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

The monochrome animation is stark and beautiful, and Marjane's an appealing narrator. Often hilarious, sometimes tragic, this may be low-tech, but it's high-class.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2008

Persepolis is very different and bold, beautiful and moving.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 29, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

The political component is understated, but then it suddenly slips in and snaps at you.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 27, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A lot of beautiful animated sequences that could only come to life in movement . . . We've had this incredible wave of films giving us Iran from an insider's point of view--maybe now it's time for the exile's.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

March 1, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

An art-house cartoon about war and revolution as seen through the eyes of a potential Blossom is more than just unique -- it's rich, eye-catching, educational, and, yes, crowd-pleasing.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

February 28, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

Despite the grimness of its subject matter, Persepolis is a relentlessly charming, persistently amusing tale about patriotism, familial love and the need to carry on, even in the face of madness and absurdity.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Serve para ilustrar como uma técnica historicamente associada a filmes infantis vem criando obras que representam o que de melhor o Cinema mundial tem oferecido ao público mais maduro.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

February 26, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

at times uproariously funny, and it has moments of beautifully wild abandon

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 26, 2008
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

what might in other hands have been ethnographic agitprop is instead an engaging, character-based tragicomedy, grounded in what might be called the politics of real people.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

February 21, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Satrapi is ultimately less an Iranian girl than she's like any young person anywhere.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 19, 2008
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

The movie's visual style is nothing short of exquisite.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has more intelligence than the usual animation.

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

February 16, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If Charles M. Schulz's 'Peanuts' cast was transported inside 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,' the visual result might resemble this film...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 15, 2008
Bill Gibron

Persepolis is astonishing, a revelation realized in masterful monochrome strokes.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 14, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Is that animated film that really makes the genre stand out and shows America that this medium can offer so much more than talking fish...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 13, 2008
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

With poignancy, humor and evocative animation, Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, who co-wrote and co-directed, detail a coming of age that coincided with the deterioration of a nation.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 8, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Animated by hand, often in glorious black and white, this French classic has the pathos, wit and intellectual sting of great political filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

If you go to see Persepolis, you're going to do something you might not have expected to do in your life. You're going to fall in love with an Iranian girl.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 8, 2008
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Persepolis is passionate, comically poignant and universally familiar in ways that expose the penguins and rodents that are its fellow Oscar nominees for best animated feature as being commercial and conventional.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2008
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