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Offside Reviews

August 4, 2007
Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
May 18, 2007
Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 10, 2007
A sociopolitical parable about women's rights in Iran doesn't sound like a thigh-slapper, but Offside scores a lot of laughs while making its ideological points.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2007
[Director] Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking, here turning his camera on scenes that seem more improvised or captured on the fly than staged.
April 27, 2007
As funny as it is sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2007
Jafar Panahi of Iran is one of his country's great filmmakers, and Offside is his best movie to date.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 20, 2007
The director shoots largely on location -- parts were filmed at Azadi Stadium during an actual match -- and mixes fiction and documentary so deftly we can't tell which is which.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 20, 2007
Most of this winning drama shows [girls] bantering with their male keepers, boyish soldiers who don't want to miss the game themselves. Over the crowd's roar, they argue about Islamic prohibitions and the statistics of star players.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 20, 2007
Although its message is deadly serious, Offside is almost lighthearted, filled with wit and winning characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 7, 2007
Offside is shocking in its revelation of the legal oppression of women in Iran. This film is also hugely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2007
As the political rhetoric between Washington and Tehran becomes dangerously overheated, Offside offers an intimate antidote: an affectionate glimpse into the cultural schisms that young Tehranis face every day.
March 24, 2007
Offside may be the ultimate Iranian film: It's both an advance for its director, moving away from his slight political didacticism, and a perfect metaphor for a population that's more liberated than its stone-age sexism would imply.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
March 24, 2007
It's a sports film unlike any other, and a political film that makes the personal profound.
Read More | Original Score: A-
March 23, 2007
Obviously there's more than soccer at stake here, with the field standing for the world of ideas itself. How do we dare keep any group from entering? How will we ever succeed at keeping them out? We don't, says this film, and we can't.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
The story is good-natured, but Panahi's message is serious: That ludicrous rules turn Iranian women into third-class citizens. And what better way is there to get that point across than through sports and laughter?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
Director Jafar Panahi has long been an eloquent and passionate representative for Iranian women. But judging by this deeply poignant comedy, they may not need a mouthpiece much longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 23, 2007
The great virtue of Offside is that it never degenerates into an us-versus-them situation. [Director Pahani] understands that a repressive system victimizes the oppressors as much as the oppressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 23, 2007
The film's rich, pointed comedy arises from the sense that men and women alike are trapped in an absurd, insoluble predicament.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2007
The delicately subversive [director] Mr. Panahi makes his subjects perfectly clear -- the stupidity of authority, and the hypocrisy of discrimination. Offside is surprisingly entertaining, and edifying to boot.
March 22, 2007
The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare.
March 22, 2007
For all its implicit politics, Offside is a pure joy; the young women are feisty and lovable. One can even imagine a few imams chuckling through their beards.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2007
There's a commitment to half-improvised, ground-level realism that lends the picture news value and an obvious urgency.
March 21, 2007
[A] wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 20, 2007
Panahi has things both ways -- his movie is critical and utopian, cinema verité and political allegory.
October 30, 2006
Panahi builds small incidents into a bracing comedy that explores the ambiguity and inconsistencies of his country's laws controlling barriers between the sexes.
Top Critic
September 23, 2006
Jafar Panahi's wonderful Offside uses soccer to speak volumes about the gulf between Iran's religious rulers and its citizens -- especially the women.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4