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Persepolis Reviews

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Jason Zingale
October 18, 2008
Effortlessly [juggles] comedy and drama to create a refreshing take on the classic coming-of-age tale unlike anything we've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 18, 2008
Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brendan Kelly
Montreal Gazette
October 18, 2008
A moving adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about a girl growing up in Iran amid the upheavals of the 1980s and '90s.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Persepolis is a funny, touching, occasionally frightening and altogether engrossing description of her life between 1978 and 1994.
Beverly Berning
September 8, 2008
You will laugh, you will be moved to tears, and you may even come away thinking the human race might actually survive without killing each other off, because there are stories like [this] to remind us that, deep down, we're all pretty much the same.
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
The animation absolutely won me over--Satrapi's art style is simple, engaging, and cool all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jonathan Messinger
Time Out Sydney
August 31, 2008
This is a delightful, curious film that indulges in both the personal and the political and provides a potted history of modern Iran through one woman's experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
August 29, 2008
The monochromatic palette and simple lines of Satrapi's drawings go with a lusty sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
August 29, 2008
An uplifting, funny, moving fable about the difference between the ideal of freedom and the real thing...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 14, 2008
With deceptively simple, mostly black and white animation, the filmmakers take us through a life story that is anything but simple
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 14, 2008
A unique insight into life in Iran from the point of view of a young girl, this observant cinematic impression sears itself into our consciousness by its simplicity, both in storytelling and graphic representation; a feast of imagery
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A lively, feminist, first-person animated account of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 23, 2008
So satisfying because it works on a few complimentary levels: as a coming-of-age story tracking innocence to experience, as an accounting of revolutionary and feminist struggles, and as an artful visual experience in cartoon form. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 23, 2008
Gives the viewer a glimpse into a foreign world, but its strongest suit is not depicting what is foreign, but what is common to all of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 10, 2008
As a reminder that Iran is a complex society with a long tradition of cosmopolitan interchange with the West, Persepolis could hardly be more welcome. As a narrative, however, the film sometimes loses its way.
May 1, 2008
[I]t's that balance of quotidian personal struggles taking place alongside the larger scope of political upheaval and repression that makes Persepolis such a riveting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 25, 2008
A moving, funny, personal yet universal tale of one woman's life growing up amid political turbulence, animated with concise artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Tilly
IGN Movies UK
April 25, 2008
Persepolis makes this most difficult of subjects at once watchable, accesible, and ultimately unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
April 25, 2008
The predominantly black-and-white animation is used to amusing effect as Satrapi gently pokes fun at her youthful exuberance and innocence, making serious political points easy to swallow. The lack of sense of direction is the film's only let-down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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