Persepolis Reviews

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April 12, 2013
It's a mind-blower.
October 18, 2008
Here is an adaptation so inspired, so simple and so frictionless in its transformation of the source material that it's almost a miracle.
October 18, 2008
An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.
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.
October 18, 2008
The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.
October 18, 2008
Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.
October 18, 2008
It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen.
August 29, 2008
The monochromatic palette and simple lines of Satrapi's drawings go with a lusty sense of humour.
August 29, 2008
An uplifting, funny, moving fable about the difference between the ideal of freedom and the real thing...
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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2008
The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
February 1, 2008
Persepolis is a true original in the eclectic world of animation, one that's full of fascinating contradictions.
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.
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.
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.
January 25, 2008
Few movies capture so well the fluid, fulsome response of children to their (and our) complex worlds.
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.
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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