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The Green Wave Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An arresting visual style cannot make up for lack of new information or viewpoints about the Green Revolution in 2009 Iran.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 25, 2011
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine

Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2012
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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That Ahadi and his team were able to safely compile, let alone edit together, this much ground-level footage is a feat in and of itself; that it comes together in such a compelling manner makes it almost vital.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 7, 2012
Shelley Jones
Little White Lies

It's an exciting time for Islamic cinema and this doc is an extraordinary intro into Iranian politics.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

September 28, 2011
Ella Taylor
NPR
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The movie shows what happened, but it also conveys what it felt like to travel from euphoria to despair in the space of a few weeks.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 9, 2012
Henry Barnes
Guardian

Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

There are harrowing moments and a pulse, throughout, of passionate indignation. But more precision in the chronicling of events would have generated more power.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Ali Samadi Ahadi paints a poetic and heartfelt portrait of a nation oppressed.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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For all its omissions and problems, "The Green Wave" communicates certain basic truths effectively: Many Iranians want their voices to be heard and their votes to count.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Manages to offer an informative chronicle of events as well as an emotional outpouring of regret and anger from those who saw their hopes dashed on the streets of Tehran.

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

September 27, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Striking and powerful, The Green Wave serves as an inventive registering of the turmoil, upheaval and governmental crackdown of the Arab Spring.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

October 14, 2012
R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out New York
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By airing an impassioned chorus of voices ranging from lawyers to religious clerics, the film argues that the 2009 protests were simply preparing the way for a larger populist movement that has yet to crest.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2012
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.

Full Review Source: Total Film

September 23, 2011
Mark Adams
Screen International

Director Ali Samadi Ahadi intelligently weaves texts and blogs set against footage from a variety of sources.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 10, 2011
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

What happened in Iran in 2009 led the way for the Arab democracy revolt

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 24, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

A forceful reminder that the present regime beat, tortured, murdered and imprisoned its own subjects.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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[Shows] us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2012
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A wrenching but illuminating look at what actually happened during Iran's Green Revolution in 2009-10.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It offers a rare glimpse into the insurgents' long-held hopes for reform. This green wave, as a blogger remarks, is a tidal wave.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

August 24, 2012
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