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The Iran Job (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries - Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually

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A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The film takes a distinctly American approach to Iranian matters of gender relations and religious extremism, shedding little light on subjects that are far more complicated than Schauder makes them out to be.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I confess to being a sucker for sports movies, the ones with the "Big Game" at the end. "The Iran Job" has all the requisite elements of that cinematic subgenre, but strives for something deeper.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The doc's technique of cutting between warm exchanges and the bellicose rhetoric of then-presidents Ahmadinejad and Bush wears thin with overuse, but the big-hearted Sheppard makes for an amiable tour guide.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A film that despite its modest means tells a stirring tale about sports and politics. Starring Kevin Sheppard, a completely winning personality and basketball player.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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An honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled and lively nation blessed with a vibrant culture and cursed with an oppressive religious regime.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you invest in Kevin Sheppard's story, it will pay off.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

This lively documentary breaks no new ground cinematically, yet its mix of discovery and befuddlement should bring more than sports fans to a basketball story.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

As an entry into the Iranian world, Schauder and Nodjoumi made a wise choice with sports, but they made an even better choice with Sheppard.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The Iran Job locates an absorbing, cross-cultural universality with surprising ease.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

"The Iran Job" has interesting characters, an insight into Iran's culture and the story of one lonely American who, for a year, was his country's cultural ambassador to Iran.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...an amusing cultural fish out of water look at how a big, likable, outgoing Black American basketball player fits into life in Shiraz in southwestern Iran. Then it becomes something more around the halfway mark...

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Though there's something refreshing, and disturbingly familiar, about Kevin Sheppard's spontaneity, he's certainly not the most interesting thing about the film.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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