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No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) Reviews

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 25, 2010
As rock musicals go, it's exceptionally hard on the ears. I haven't heard singing this bad since Pete Doherty was in his prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 20, 2010
It might have been a better idea for the makers of No One Knows About Persian Cats to make a straightforward documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 19, 2010
Unassuming yet powerful, the film shows that Iranian indie rock is more authentically alt than any underground scene in the Western world.
Lucy Hurst
Electric Sheep
March 25, 2010
Bahman Ghobadi's exploration into the world of underground music in Tehran is a welcome antidote to the blasÚ, pedestrian, apathetic state of the music industry in the West.
Alex Ritman
Little White Lies
March 25, 2010
Bahman Ghobadi's fifth full-length feature unveils Tehran's underground music scene, revealing a pulsating world of rappers, indie kids and thrash metallers forced to practice in dinghy basements and hide their NMEs from the law.
| Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 8, 2010
A fine, optimistic companion piece for the Irish film Once, which won Glen Hansard the best song Oscar in 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
May 10, 2010
The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 12, 2010
The film establishes a veritÚ intimacy that is often little interested in acknowledging the rigidity of the documentary/fiction divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
April 16, 2010
Fraught experiences of Tehran's underground musical community of frustrated young people--blues, hip hop, crooners, rockers--is barely fictionalized with humorous irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Scott
May 14, 2010
It's a slice of reality hidden under a narrative veneer, illustrating the plight of Iran's muzzled arts community. That's hard-to-resist stuff, and it makes Persian Cats purr.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 30, 2010
The blend of tunes and plot works just fine as a daisy chain of music videos, though some of the glossier segments feel out of place in an otherwise rough-hewn film about art in the face of repression. These cats are wild at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 16, 2010
Genuinely poignant, compelling and unflinchingly honest with just the right balance of dramatic tension and comic relief
Full Review | Original Score: 8.45/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2010
The film has a remarkably exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
What really distinguishes the film-banned in Iran, it goes without saying-is the enormous risks these musicians take, which Ghobadi ultimately drives home with legitimate dramatic license.
Howard Feinstein
Screen International
May 15, 2009
He blends the genres of concert film, social drama, comedy, and thriller into a cohesive faux-documentary, adjusting his style to insure a snug fit.
Cole Smithey
April 18, 2010
Transporting the audience into Tehran's illegal underworld scene of "western-influenced" music, director Bahman Ghobadi reveals America's pervasive influence of indie rock and rap music on Iran's youth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 16, 2010
It strikes me as something of an Iranian version of The Harder They Come, with a bit of a political jab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 25, 2010
Ghobadi's yarn is loosely ravelled, but the songs are likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 12, 2010
The 'story' is somewhat simplistic, but the state-of-a-nation snapshot it allows to be revealed is complex and highly emotive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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