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The Iran Job (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,106

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Sports & Fitness , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 4, 2014
Runtime:
Film Movement - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Iran Job

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
Salon.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2014
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
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...

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Slant Magazine

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