Persepolis Reviews

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Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph
April 12, 2013
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.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 12, 2013
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 12, 2013
It's a mind-blower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jesse Jarnow
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2013
Equal parts contrarian and humanist, Persepolis -- regardless of how it was inked -- refuses to see anything in black and white.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 12, 2013
Moving, perceptive and extremely funny.

Total Film
April 12, 2013
The diffused momentum arguably suits the subject: that's teen turmoil for you, heightened here by the troubles of time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
February 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
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.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
Extremely entertaining, often moving and an eye-opener to those of us who know little about Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
July 6, 2010
Based on her own graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's film is a masterly work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dave White
Movies.com
July 6, 2010
A moving, intimate, complex, visually beautiful black-and-white story.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
A gentle dance performed at the edge of the abyss
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 18, 2008
The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Effortlessly [juggles] comedy and drama to create a refreshing take on the classic coming-of-age tale unlike anything we've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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