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The Iran Job Reviews

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Louis Proyect
March 4, 2014
A film that despite its modest means tells a stirring tale about sports and politics. Starring Kevin Sheppard, a completely winning personality and basketball player.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 14, 2014
An honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled and lively nation blessed with a vibrant culture and cursed with an oppressive religious regime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 19, 2013
A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 7, 2013
If you invest in Kevin Sheppard's story, it will pay off.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
The film takes a distinctly American approach to Iranian matters of gender relations and religious extremism, shedding little light on subjects that are far more complicated than Schauder makes them out to be.
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Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2013
I confess to being a sucker for sports movies, the ones with the "Big Game" at the end. "The Iran Job" has all the requisite elements of that cinematic subgenre, but strives for something deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
January 22, 2013
The Iran Job locates an absorbing, cross-cultural universality with surprising ease.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
January 22, 2013
As an entry into the Iranian world, Schauder and Nodjoumi made a wise choice with sports, but they made an even better choice with Sheppard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David D'Arcy
Screen International
January 22, 2013
This lively documentary breaks no new ground cinematically, yet its mix of discovery and befuddlement should bring more than sports fans to a basketball story.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 17, 2013
"The Iran Job" has interesting characters, an insight into Iran's culture and the story of one lonely American who, for a year, was his country's cultural ambassador to Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 15, 2013 amusing cultural fish out of water look at how a big, likable, outgoing Black American basketball player fits into life in Shiraz in southwestern Iran. Then it becomes something more around the halfway mark...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
October 12, 2012
Though there's something refreshing, and disturbingly familiar, about Kevin Sheppard's spontaneity, he's certainly not the most interesting thing about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 11, 2012
This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 11, 2012
The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 9, 2012
This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...
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Sam Adams
Time Out
October 9, 2012
The doc's technique of cutting between warm exchanges and the bellicose rhetoric of then-presidents Ahmadinejad and Bush wears thin with overuse, but the big-hearted Sheppard makes for an amiable tour guide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
"The Iran Job" is one of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
An underdog sports story, a fish-out-of-water tale, and an outsider's perspective on Iran's almost-revolution of early 2009.
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