Coup 53 Reviews

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January 9, 2021
It's an exhaustive, riveting exegesis...
November 27, 2020
Complex but rewarding, this is a deep dive into American and British espionage that reveals how the two superpowers collaborated to take down and reform the government of Iran in 1953, an operation pulled off under the nose of the international community.
September 15, 2020
The weight of the reality of the situation at the time, and its overarching influence over the destiny of Iran, truly comes to bear in the latter half of the film, making the experience educational, enlightening and enthralling.
September 10, 2020
An exhilarating... historical documentary that unfolds with the pace and complexity of a thriller.
September 10, 2020
"Coup 53" is a live-wire thriller that is one of the best documentaries of the year.
September 3, 2020
Coup 53 is stranger than fiction and a terrifying reminder that the past never goes away.
September 3, 2020
Coup 53 is a gripping documentary...
September 3, 2020
[An] engrossing documentary...
September 3, 2020
[Amirani] transforms sifting through dusty plastic bags and filing cabinets into a thrilling detective case...
September 3, 2020
With admirable tenacity and care, Amirani has dragged official secrets back into the light.
September 3, 2020
Part political drama, part history lesson, part gripping spy thriller, Coup 53 gives what has been relegated to a small footnote in Iran's story the big, expansive, dramatic treatment it deserves.
September 1, 2020
Half of the film is really compelling, and the other half I just found frustrating.
September 1, 2020
A documentary with the crackle of a spy thriller.
August 28, 2020
The sum of $60,000 might have bought us and Great Britain a country and its oil, but we wound up paying for it with decades of misery, embarrassment and death.
August 28, 2020
An eye-popping bit of history...
August 25, 2020
Since the legacy of what went down in 1953 is still very much with us ... it behooves us all to learn more about today by discovering yesterday.
August 24, 2020
With legendary film editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient) on hand as editor and co-writer, Coup 53 always tells a complex story clearly.
August 24, 2020
A maddening, gripping portrait of how imperialism works.
August 21, 2020
Ten years in the making, Coup 53 is a personal essay, an extraordinarily researched historical document, and a film about the process of its own making.
August 21, 2020
It's not surprising that Ralph Fiennes gives such a great performance in "Coup 53." What's surprising is that he gives it in a documentary.
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