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This Is Not a Film Reviews

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
May 3, 2012
[A] courageous act of artistic provocation...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 3, 2012
In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 26, 2012
Panahi creates a very personal film that reveals the inner man. His pet iguana, Igi, is pretty cool, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2012
...never settles down - it's as restless as its house arrested protagonist and a compelling and often humorous look at a day in the life of an auteur with his wings clipped.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
April 23, 2012
A snapshot of a filmmaker in exile, yes, but also a poignant portrait of a country under a repressive regime and a compelling manifesto on the perseverance of art.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 18, 2012
...a political act, of course, but that's not the most interesting thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 13, 2012
The right thing to do would be to give a thumbs up to "Film" just to spread the word. But here's another reason - it's a fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 12, 2012
It may not be what one might normally describe as a "film" but whatever it is that one might call it, "This is Not a Film" is an absolute must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
The more "This Is Not a Film" underscores the cruel containment of a great artist, the more we actually become aware - very indirectly, in a very Panahi fashion - of a city in chaos outside, with sounds of gunfire and distant street blazes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 12, 2012
It's a statement about courage, a poke in the eye of political oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gail Tolley
The List
April 12, 2012
This is an important film, a valuable insight into contemporary Iran and the challenges facing their artistic communities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
I would like to show "This Is Not a Film" to those in the United States who are in favor of a close union of church and state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Scotsman
April 8, 2012
The film is never directly confrontational - it certainly eschews diatribes against the current regime - but its point about repressing the natural urge to tell stories is forcefully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 6, 2012
It's a true rebel film, full of outrage and defiance, but it's also an intensely personal and moving portrait of a trapped, tragic figure, just like many of Panahi's own best characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2012
An act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 30, 2012
What it all adds up to is a ruefully witty essay on what does or does not constitute cinema: Jean-Luc Godard grapples endlessly (some would say incomprehensibly) with these debates, but Panahi's invigorating directness cuts to the chase.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 30, 2012
Nobody is likely to confuse This Is Not a Film with mainstream entertainment. But it is more fun than the vast majority of multiplex screensavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 30, 2012
Panahi's two principal themes - film theory and (inevitably) 'domestic' politics - coalesce into one as his own cloistered status finds its mirror in a personal filmography that has become more and more constrained.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 29, 2012
A film which only reveals its true colours after intense contemplation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 29, 2012
This film is a samizdat cine-poem in defence of cinema and freedom: the only response is contempt for those government bullies and bureaucrats ranged against Jafar Panahi.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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