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Chicken with Plums Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
April 14, 2013
There are pleasures to be found in Chicken with Plums to be certain, but we'd hope for something a little more satisfying next time out from the directing team.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 17, 2012
The many surreal flourishes, like the film's giant breasts and petals floating through a pink-tinged sky, are supposed to be absolved of cringing obviousness because they're, you know, poetic and exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
These moments give flavor, but fail to cohere into any particular taste.
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
April 14, 2013
On a scene-by-scene basis, much of Chicken With Plums delivers satisfactorily, but it adds up to much less than the sum of its many parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 14, 2012
With all the furious wand-waving, the story itself never gets to cast much of a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
September 28, 2012
A crushing disappointment by almost any standard, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud's followup to the delightful Persepolis is a bad idea poorly realized.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 29, 2011
kalos o mpaklabas, alla sto miso tapsi mpoykwneis aderfaki moy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Melin
March 11, 2013 admirable trip down the rabbit hole of a lonely man's mind and inspiration, but it loses its way about halfway through the movie and feels like a series of inspired, lovely short films, held together by the barest of threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
August 23, 2012
Awkwardly tries to blend tones both moody and playful, but winds up only with tiresome, goofy darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 16, 2012
An overwrought Iranian film about a self-destructive artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2012
It is the story of a man who, disappointed by life and love, decides to go to bed and die. And the movie does the same - only it dies a full hour before the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
September 14, 2012
This highly stylized, often beautiful rumination on life and art and the choices we make just sort of lies there, waiting to expire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2012
Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2012
The story lacks the historical sweep of Persepolis... this often plays like a bummed-out Amelie.
Todd Jorgenson
January 14, 2013
... uneven blend of whimsy and surrealism that's visually compelling but narratively flat.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 21, 2012
Tepid stew.
Full Review | Original Score: B minus
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
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
The honest undercurrent of melancholy keeps the whole thing from becoming unmoored.
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2012
A fable about the damage done when a young couple is forced to part, Chicken with Plums is deeply melancholic, yet so full of humor and humanity that it pulses with life even while tracing the trajectory of a slow suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2012
It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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