This Is Not a Film Reviews

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Alison Willmore
The Playlist
May 5, 2015
"This Is Not A Film" portrays the fear of being forgotten when you can't speak for yourself, when you've been removed from the public eye.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phillip Lopate
Film Comment Magazine
May 5, 2015
If this is not a film, by all means let us have many more such not-a-films.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2013
Powerfully shows how freedom in the arts is a necessity for any country to ensure its citizens don't live a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 23, 2013
There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
January 7, 2013
No matter the constrictions on its existence, This is Not a Film is, in fact, a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
January 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 7, 2013
Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.
Amy R. Handler
Film Threat
January 7, 2013
See it any way you possibly can. It will change your life forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2013
Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2013
This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.
Jennifer Merin
About.com
December 16, 2012
The complex, brilliant, heartbreaking diary of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi under house arrest in Tehran, and prohibited from making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2012
"This Is Not a Film", but it manages to be a bloody great one, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 31, 2012
Predictably, not much happens in "This Is Not a Film"; dude is under house arrest, after all. But it's absorbing and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 18, 2012
It's a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 4, 2012
What constitutes imprisonment and what constitutes a film?
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
May 3, 2012
[A] courageous act of artistic provocation...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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
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