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This Is Not a Film Reviews

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Panahi creates a very personal film that reveals the inner man. His pet iguana, Igi, is pretty cool, too.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 26, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 25, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

April 23, 2012
Josh Larsen

...a political act, of course, but that's not the most interesting thing about it.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 13, 2012
Peter Sobczynski

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

April 12, 2012
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's a statement about courage, a poke in the eye of political oppression.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 12, 2012
Gail Tolley
The List

This is an important film, a valuable insight into contemporary Iran and the challenges facing their artistic communities.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

April 6, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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An act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 5, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 30, 2012
Anton Bitel

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 30, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A film which only reveals its true colours after intense contemplation.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

March 29, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

March 29, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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As for Panahi, I could watch him for hours. With his film, its title, with his dignity and strength of purpose he mocks the stupidity of the regime's censorship.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a subtle contribution to the literature of oppression, opposition and prison and to the never-ending discussion of art and its relationship to life.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 25, 2012
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