The Iran Job - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Iran Job Reviews

Top Critic
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 19, 2013
A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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+
Top Critic
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 ...
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.