This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making.
Powerfully shows how freedom in the arts is a necessity for any country to ensure its citizens don't live a lie.
| Original Score: B
There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface.
No matter the constrictions on its existence, This is Not a Film is, in fact, a great one.
| Original Score: A
One mourns the tragic circumstances that caused it to be made, but the result is a sleight of hand to rank alongside Orson Welles's F for Fake.
| Original Score: 5/5
Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.
See it any way you possibly can. It will change your life forever.
This Is Not a Film is a practical joke as much as it is a movie, and while it possesses a deadly serious undercurrent, what's most surprising is how witty the finished product is.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.
| Original Score: 2/4
Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.
This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.
The complex, brilliant, heartbreaking diary of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi under house arrest in Tehran, and prohibited from making movies.
I find myself returning again and again to Jafar Panahi's apartment in Tehran, the defining location for the year in cinema, one of the defining locations in all of cinema.
| Original Score: 10/10
"This Is Not a Film", but it manages to be a bloody great one, anyway.
| Original Score: 9/10
The truth of what is and isn't lies deep between the lines of this brilliantly elusive meta-commentary, arguably the greatest Iranian film since Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece Close-Up.
| Original Score: 4/4
Predictably, not much happens in "This Is Not a Film"; dude is under house arrest, after all. But it's absorbing and clever.
| Original Score: B+
It's a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities.
| Original Score: 4/4
What constitutes imprisonment and what constitutes a film?
| Original Score: A minus
[A] courageous act of artistic provocation...
| Original Score: 3/4
In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.