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This Is Not a Film Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 18, 2013
Amy R. Handler
Film Threat

See it any way you possibly can. It will change your life forever.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

January 7, 2013
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
Rose Capp
The Vine

Equally at home with fiction and non-fiction genres and a filmmaker consistently interested in blurring those demarcations, Panahi's latest effort has a deceptively unstructured and spontaneous quality underpinned by a clear intellectual agenda.

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

November 10, 2011
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It's clear from the first moments that this is a man who can't help but understand his situation in cinematic terms.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 6, 2011
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2013
Phil Coldiron
Slant Magazine

In its way, this effort is both a forceful assertion of the most stifling brand of auteurism and a radical reconfiguration of its political potential.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2011
Simon Miraudo

It is not a protest; it is a plea. This is not a filmmaker who is a threat to his country; this is a national - and international - treasure.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2012
Glenn Dunks

Panahi is deconstructing the very idea of film. Does merely putting something on camera instantly make it a film? That's for you to judge - and, I suppose, the Iranian government.

Full Review Source: Trespass

November 10, 2011
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

A bold artistic statement, a guided career retrospective, a political act, and a mediation on the very nature of cinema - all at once, with neither self-pity or intellectual elitism to muddy the waters.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Working within great restraints can result in remarkable films. Panahi proves that here and triumphs over a regime trying to silence him.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2011
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
Ella Taylor
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Rene Magritte, whose famous pipe painting is slyly honored in the movie's title, would be jazzed.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 29, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

January 7, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Against all odds, an unquenchable artist has made yet another piece of powerful art.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 1, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

Utterly heartbreaking. . . a moving addition to Panahi's oeuvre . . . [Iran] could try to silence one of its greatest filmmakers, but couldn't stop him creating art.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 10/10

March 2, 2012
Mike Scott

A bold and brave statement of defiance.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2012
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