The Green Wave Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 25, 2011

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

Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 7, 2012

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.

Shelley Jones
Little White Lies
September 29, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
September 28, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ella Taylor
Top Critic
August 9, 2012

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.

Henry Barnes
September 29, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 29, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 1, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
Top Critic
August 16, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
September 27, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 14, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 14, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 23, 2011

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

Mark Adams
Screen International
February 10, 2011

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

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 24, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 30, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 9, 2012

[Shows] us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
August 23, 2012

A wrenching but illuminating look at what actually happened during Iran's Green Revolution in 2009-10.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
August 24, 2012

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 | Original Score: B+
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