Offside Reviews

September 4, 2012
...reveals pockets of empathy existing in defiance of Iran's oppressive regime.
August 27, 2009
Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness
August 3, 2008
Another no-frills success from one of Iran's most accessible directors.
September 28, 2007
Engaging, insightful, and crowd-pleasing comedy sports drama.
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.
September 11, 2007
A phenomenal work... the sort of satire where reality is its own punchline.
September 7, 2007
A protest film that disarms the opposition with a feather, not a cudgel...
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.
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!
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.
August 4, 2007
Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
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.
July 14, 2007
a gem that should not be missed.
June 15, 2007
The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.
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.
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.
June 1, 2007
It's not exactly exciting material, but Panahi's gentle humor and sense of realism keep it from becoming dull.
May 31, 2007
Ultimately, satisfyingly joyous.
May 25, 2007
If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores.
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.