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Crimson Gold Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
February 9, 2004
A functionally well made slice of sociopolitical aggrandizement that ends up being largely lost in translation, a foreign dish unsuited for general American palettes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
an artful failure, a moped-fueled odyssey into dramatic weariness and monotony
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 22, 2004
The lead character in Crimson Gold is so detached, the audience never becomes emotionally involved in the world Panahi depicts.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 16, 2004
Here is a pressing tale to be told, but the film misses it in neglecting a cardinal rule that story needs to engage and inform and that something must happen.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 30, 2004
"Crimson Gold" works better when we don't look at Hussein at all, but look at Tehran through his eyes.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Muskewitz
February 9, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
March 24, 2004
There are a couple of engaging sequences...but indeed the remainder is mostly mediocre, and ultimately forced.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 7, 2004
Works better as a sociological study than as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 7, 2004
After watching too many scenes run too long, Crimson Gold itself will probably become tedious to most audiences -- especially those outside its home country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Baltimore Sun
April 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2004
The success of Crimson Gold depends to an intriguing degree on the performance of its leading actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2004
Panahi keeps the pace brisk, and his story makes us feel sorry and protective of poor, hopelessly lost Hussein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 14, 2004
The film comprises a series of events, all mundane and seemingly random, that steadily coheres into a single, multifaceted image by the film's end.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An incisive portrait of one man's quiet rage at, and heartbreakingly violent response to, social inequality.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2004
This tough, bristling story about a working-class man pushed over the edge vividly brings to mind the great Hollywood social dramas of the 1930s.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2004
It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 26, 2004
Panahi is the most promising of the new Iranian directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 29, 2003
There's an energetic cynicism here that makes this quite different from most recent Iranian films -- funnier, harsher, bleaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 12, 2003
Crimson Gold is a courageous Iranian film by director Jafar Panahi that conveys the harsh realities of contemporary Teheran and the chasm between the rich and the poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
January 13, 2004
The slow-burning fire of life's indignities becomes a riveting touchstone to explore class and economic warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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