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Persepolis Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 12, 2013
It's a mind-blower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The film's nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 18, 2008
The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.
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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
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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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 25, 2008
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: 4/5
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2008
The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 1, 2008
Persepolis is a true original in the eclectic world of animation, one that's full of fascinating contradictions.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
If anything, the tonal simplicity of the film lends itself to graphic wit, a rich array of emotional experience and an austere impression of Iran as a place where ordinary fun, as Satrapi remembers it, could get a young person in trouble.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2008
A film as personal and eccentric as Satrapi's original book, a black-and-white, hand-drawn memoir of growing up and away from Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 25, 2008
More than just the first film in recent memory to be considered a must-see, Persepolis begs for a second viewing, if only to chart the way it so delicately weaves together the different stages of Marjane's life.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 25, 2008
Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed 2003 autobiographical graphic novel series has been turned into one of the most complexly moving animated films I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 24, 2008
Marjane Satrapi, with co-director Vincent Paronnaud, has taken her work and turned it into a vigorous, revealing and tragic film.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 18, 2008
The story's greatest value lies in its elegant twining of the universal and the obscure: Satrapi's coming-of-age should be familiar to all, but along with it come startling glimpses of everyday life under the heavy hand of a Muslim theocracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2008
In spite of all the idealistic baggage, the film feels like it's traveling light. The fluid handmade visuals hang onto the uniqueness of Satrapi's heavy-lined work while giving them a smoothness and a visual depth they previously lacked.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 18, 2008
A riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2008
This French-speaking Iranian cartoon clan is one of the most relatable families I've seen onscreen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 17, 2008
Persepolis may be a crudely drawn, two-dimensional cartoon, but it packs more genuine emotion than plenty of live-action dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 11, 2008
It's The 400 Blows viewed from behind a veil and drawn with a graceful, ironic black-and-white pen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 7, 2008
Epic and deeply moving.
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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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 26, 2007
The two main points Persepolis makes are that strife is relative, and all politics are personal.
| Original Score: A-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 26, 2007
The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 26, 2007
Persepolis, austere as it may look, is full of warmth and surprise, alive with humor and a fierce independence of spirit.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 26, 2007
It is a vivid, at times heartbreaking, portrait of a life and a nation in crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2007
A reminder that even the most complex situations, identities and stories are heartbreakingly simple.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 26, 2007
With its powerful fusion of the whimsical, satirical and emotional, Persepolis may well be the most original, inventive and moving film of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 20, 2007
Persepolis provides an achingly intimate view of how one young girl's hopes and fantasies come under siege by events beyond her control.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2007
By turns whimsical, satirical and poignant to the point of heartbreak.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 18, 2007
Persepolis is a small landmark in feature animation.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 17, 2007
An exhilarating reminder of what animation can do that other media can't.
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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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 10, 2007
Not to be missed in any language. In a year that has given us such marvelous animated movies as Ratatouille and Paprika, this vibrant, sly and moving personal odyssey takes pride of place.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 11, 2007
This is a sturdily poetic movie, rendering in black-and-white a world where nothing ever is.
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
September 19, 2007
It's a movie that makes you glad to be alive.
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Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
The film has to simplify the story, but it allows more breadth to develop one lovely character particular, Satrapi's beautiful grandmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 31, 2007
Among the most original and moving films at Cannes this year, marked by a highly expressive and varied drawing style and the sense of a plucky young woman navigating the turbulent currents of politics, family and adolescence.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2007
A funny, sometimes dark, always affecting story of surviving the worst through a sense of humor.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2007
The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 23, 2007
Any stragglers still unconvinced that animation can be an exciting medium for both adults and kids will run out of arguments in the face of Persepolis.