Manuscripts Don't Burn Reviews

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October 6, 2017
Iranian filmmakers have a history of couching their criticisms of life in Iran in metaphor. This film puts its portrait of authoritarian oppression out in the open.
October 3, 2017
Unlike most thrillers, political or otherwise, there isn't a satisfyingly cathartic conclusion to Manuscripts Don't Burn.
May 31, 2016
A searing indictment of the current regime in Iran, this daring and brave piece deserves as wide an audience as possible.
February 12, 2015
The result asserts the two-headed truism: Artists in many countries will always find grim, sometimes deadly opposition, and those same artists will continue to risk everything to remain alive inside.
October 1, 2014
"Manuscripts Don't Burn" is one of the best films I've seen this year, and one of the hardest to watch.
September 19, 2014
Rosoulof's film is shocking, relentless, a remarkable piece of work.
September 14, 2014
The results are challenging and alarming; the film-making brave and defiant.
September 12, 2014
Rasoulof constructs a vivid portrait of a paranoid state, but he also manages to incorporate some fingernail-endangering tension into the piece.
September 11, 2014
A crackling, tense thriller, graced with beautifully measured performances, that explores with wisdom and sorrow the best and worst in human nature.
September 11, 2014
A potent work for all sorts of reasons.
September 11, 2014
Only from a distance can you appreciate what a remarkable feat this film is.
September 8, 2014
A story those who live blithely in freedom quite simply need to see.
September 8, 2014
The film's flaws are forgivable; its very existence should be applauded.
August 21, 2014
Unlike Rasoulof and Panahi's previous, more metaphorical films, this one confronts its subject head-on with unflinching candor.
June 25, 2014
The message is so important - and Rasoulof is conveying it under such difficult conditions - that the film rather transcends normal considerations.
June 25, 2014
A fairly gripping thriller, and Rasoulof's most angry work to date.
June 25, 2014
Mohammad Rasoulof's slow-burning, clandestinely made fifth feature is a brave, challenging look at Iran's feared security apparatus.
June 25, 2014
A strong, daring, haunting film.
June 13, 2014
In a way, it makes as much sense to review this like any other movie as it does to review a mass demonstration or a strike. If you understand the film's political importance, you understand the need to see it and recommend it widely.
June 13, 2014
...[W]arts and all, this is a piece of work that needs to be disseminated and talked about.
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