Jafar Panahi's Taxi Reviews

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December 22, 2015
iven the option, Panahi might prefer to move onto fresh material -- but as man and artist, he seems to be surviving as well as could be hoped.
December 8, 2015
Panahi's status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, Taxi stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots.
November 13, 2015
Taxi is easily the director's most accessible work to date.
November 5, 2015
Jafar Panahi's Taxi looks onto a world where the social order and the spiritual order are at odds, in flux, where the conversations are sometimes cutting, sometimes comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes profound.
October 30, 2015
A sly, subversive stand in favour of empathy.
October 29, 2015
Panahi looks for new perspectives everywhere he goes, and this search reflects his unwavering devotion to cinema, which has the power to transmit those perspectives to the world.
October 29, 2015
[A] charming, witty, politically lacerating drama.
October 29, 2015
Those who've followed Panahi's career over the decades will catch echoes of and references to his earlier movies, and at times "Taxi" is as much a tour of his filmography as it is of Tehran.
October 29, 2015
This is a movie that you will admire both for its courage and creativity.
October 15, 2015
He looks like he's having a wonderful time, but a sordid reality is never far off: Panahi's films are acts of defiance, and each one could be his last.
October 8, 2015
It's an act of defiance that's also a sublime piece of cinema, and it ranks among the director's finest work.
October 7, 2015
This spry, sharp and relentlessly clever middle finger to censorship is Panahi's boldest act of defiance to date.
Top Critic
October 5, 2015
[Panahi has] created his most accessible nonfilm yet.
October 2, 2015
More frustrating than beguiling or provocative.
October 2, 2015
The film feels as spontaneous and digressive as a Charles Mingus composition, and just as paradoxically light and dense.
October 1, 2015
It's playful and thoughtful, informed by the director's affable, patient, slightly worried demeanor.
October 1, 2015
Here's proof that you can't keep a great filmmaker down.
Top Critic
October 1, 2015
Panahi has made three features since 2010, when the Iranian government officially prohibited him from working. The latest, Taxi, is the friskiest and most expansive.
Top Critic
October 1, 2015
It's more than just an affirmation of its maker's un-crushable artistic ambition. It's also a nimble, funny, honest-to-God movie.
September 30, 2015
Often extremely funny, always thoughtful, the movie transcends its static nature to become a deeper picture of modern Iran than any news story could offer.
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