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Persepolis Reviews

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Henry Stewart
Film School Rejects
April 12, 2013
Persepolis, despite its inventive and pleasing animation, drags on dully.
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.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 7, 2008
With the political message of Persepolis considerably softened, the overall effect is dulled significantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 38/100
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 18, 2008
There's a good lesson here about Iranian history but it's not exactly gripping material. Amounts pretty much to a "so what?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 17, 2007
There is no denying the boldness of Persepolis, both in design and in moral complaint, but there must surely be moments, in Marjane's life as in ours, that cry out for cross-hatching and the grown-up grayness of doubt.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 18, 2008
Persepolis feels abstract, never deeply personal, because Satrapi offers only surfaces and push-pin thoughts while sharing here sincere but glib sisterhood with Iranian history.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jesse Jarnow
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2013
Equal parts contrarian and humanist, Persepolis -- regardless of how it was inked -- refuses to see anything in black and white.
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
Extremely entertaining, often moving and an eye-opener to those of us who know little about Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 8, 2008
Animated by hand, often in glorious black and white, this French classic has the pathos, wit and intellectual sting of great political filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
July 6, 2010
Based on her own graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's film is a masterly work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 18, 2008
It might seem that her story is too large for one 98-minute film, but Persepolis tells it carefully, lovingly and with great style. It is infinitely more interesting than the witless coming-of-age Western girls we meet in animated films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 25, 2008
Few movies capture so well the fluid, fulsome response of children to their (and our) complex worlds.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
December 25, 2007
The film is extraordinary, expanding the forms of memoir and of animation, told with enormous insight into the most intimate moments of adolescent longing and the most complex aspects of political upheaval.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 4, 2008
The film is mostly in black-and-white, and in a style that draws as much from Charlie Brown as from the style of the novel or the legacy of the German Expressionists.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 31, 2008
It's a cultural Rosetta Stone, bridging disparate cultures with a universal language %u2014 the pain of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
There's very little that's whimsical about this coming-of-age chronicle, but if we're looking for political reflection we're reading the wrong comic book.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
like the titular ancient city, is truly a sight to behold
| Original Score: 5/5
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