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Offside Reviews

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Josh Larsen
September 4, 2012
...reveals pockets of empathy existing in defiance of Iran's oppressive regime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness
Sam Jordison
August 3, 2008
Another no-frills success from one of Iran's most accessible directors.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 28, 2007
Engaging, insightful, and crowd-pleasing comedy sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
September 13, 2007
A plea for cultural evolution that doesn't point fingers, instead only hoping that the next generations will wake up and take the sensible steps towards the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Cornelius
September 11, 2007
A phenomenal work... the sort of satire where reality is its own punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 7, 2007
A protest film that disarms the opposition with a feather, not a cudgel...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 4, 2007
If you like to see an inspirational sports film, with an amusing spin on the genre, then Offside is well worth the watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
August 29, 2007
From the Western perspective, the feisty protagonists' predicament might seem silly, until it gradually sinks in that this treatment is business as usual in a backward land that seems to have gotten stuck in the Middle Ages. Alley Oop lives!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 28, 2007
Jafar Panahi's film is disarming because it presents a mostly good natured, at times humorous, approach to issues that are extremely serious.
Read More | Original Score: 78/100
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2007
Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 18, 2007
A film of masks . . . Droll comedy and wry ironies artfully disguise Panahi's poignant questioning of national pride, governing the public good, and even the sadness mixed in with past victories.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
a gem that should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 15, 2007
The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
June 8, 2007
Its ruminations on secular Iranian nationalism are effectively couched within the characters, and the film, which won the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear but is banned in Iran, has a refreshing slyness to it, as if it's getting away with something too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 7, 2007
Although the game is not seen, it provides a kinetic, real-time, documentary-like backdrop for a story structured like a game itself, albeit one where neither compassion nor logic apply, and at which everyone loses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
June 1, 2007
It's not exactly exciting material, but Panahi's gentle humor and sense of realism keep it from becoming dull.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 31, 2007
Ultimately, satisfyingly joyous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 25, 2007
If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 18, 2007
Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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