Jafar Panahi's Taxi Reviews

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December 22, 2015
iven the option, Panahi might prefer to move onto fresh material -- but as man and artist, he seems to be surviving as well as could be hoped.
December 8, 2015
Panahi's status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, Taxi stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots.
November 13, 2015
Taxi is easily the director's most accessible work to date.
November 5, 2015
Jafar Panahi's Taxi looks onto a world where the social order and the spiritual order are at odds, in flux, where the conversations are sometimes cutting, sometimes comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes profound.
November 1, 2015
Panahi has made a work of invention and brio that remains visually lively throughout, despite its formal restrictions.
October 30, 2015
Panahi follows up the excellent This is not a Film and the slightly dry Closed Curtain with his cheekiest and most playful subversion yet.
October 30, 2015
As unassuming as it is inspirational.
October 30, 2015
[The film] seems light-hearted and even whimsical at times but its director is making very serious points about the repressive nature of Iranian society.
October 30, 2015
A sly, subversive stand in favour of empathy.
October 29, 2015
Panahi looks for new perspectives everywhere he goes, and this search reflects his unwavering devotion to cinema, which has the power to transmit those perspectives to the world.
October 29, 2015
[A] charming, witty, politically lacerating drama.
October 29, 2015
Those who've followed Panahi's career over the decades will catch echoes of and references to his earlier movies, and at times "Taxi" is as much a tour of his filmography as it is of Tehran.
October 29, 2015
Panahi's guerrilla exercise teases out the social value film can have while studding itself with in-jokes about the gentler forms of realism that export more easily and keep his global audience happy.
October 29, 2015
This is a movie that you will admire both for its courage and creativity.
October 29, 2015
An antic countercultural pageant, in which fact and fiction play musical passenger seats.
October 15, 2015
Taxi may feel slight and loose, but it exudes joy and wit, its vivacity making the film a much more eloquent act of protest than the solemn, introverted Closed Curtain.
October 15, 2015
He looks like he's having a wonderful time, but a sordid reality is never far off: Panahi's films are acts of defiance, and each one could be his last.
October 8, 2015
It's an act of defiance that's also a sublime piece of cinema, and it ranks among the director's finest work.
October 7, 2015
This spry, sharp and relentlessly clever middle finger to censorship is Panahi's boldest act of defiance to date.
October 5, 2015
[Panahi has] created his most accessible nonfilm yet.
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