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Chicken with Plums Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014
As whimsical a film about a suicidal old man as you'll find.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 27, 2013
Suffused with longing and whimsy, Chicken with Plum's tone can get a little stretched; it can be a touch twee, even cautious. But mostly this adaptation retains a sad dreaminess and a melancholy comic-ness without ever getting cartoonish.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
unfurls in a dazzling set of sequences and montages that demonstrates everything shown to us - like marriage and society itself - may not be as it seems, or what it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Kohn
April 14, 2013
While visually scrumptious, the movie struggles to reach a greater profundity that it never quite obtains, but its childlike emulation of a grand tragedy is indelibly precious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
December 22, 2012
Read More | Original Score: B
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 5, 2012
Takes its time creating sad beauty
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2012
Resurrects the spirit of Middle Eastern fables, albeit with a French twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2012
[Amalric] anchors Satrapi and Paronnaud's magical visual range and an emotional journey that zips from ecstasy to tragedy and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 5, 2012
Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 5, 2012
Directors Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi use various cinematic tricks to examine their protagonist and his life. Voice-over narration, animation and music are a few of the options with which they compose their narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 4, 2012
This dreamy, visually inventive Iranian drama functions on so many levels of reality and obsession that it almost ceases to entertain.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
October 4, 2012
It's fascinating as an offbeat storytelling exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 21, 2012
Fluctuating between the extraordinary and the dull, with sections of narrative explication and tangents, Chicken With Plums can be as frustrating as it is ambitious. It's more like Chicken With Plums -- and the Kitchen Sink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
There are a few writing problems and the melancholy mood weighs heavily, but Amalric's performance remains the film's rallying point.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
"Predictability" is not in Satrapi and Paronnaud's vocabulary, and that is no small thing in this or any other movie era. But the whole those parts form never exceeds their sum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 14, 2012
"Chicken With Plums" is a whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 13, 2012
The simplicity of animation and story in ["Persepolis"] is put aside for the far more complex and layered "Chicken with Plums,"
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 13, 2012
For the most part it's a savory treat, much like the titular dish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2012
It's one of the year's unique and most entertaining movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 12, 2012
Chicken with Plums is as charmingly romantic as Persepolis was fiercely political; it's as magical and as deeply felt as anything else I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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