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This Is Not a Film Reviews

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February 21, 2018
Melancholy as it is, This Is Not A Film is no pity party. It evokes ennui and anxiety without ever being boring itself.
November 16, 2017
Panahi, with a humble admission behind which is a baffled desperation, proves that everyone involved on a film set is making a film, that all are complicit and are creative, all directors in their own right.
October 4, 2017
To forever be remembered as the notorious "USB stick film," Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film is first and foremost a revolutionary act against a repressive regime.
May 5, 2015
"This Is Not A Film" portrays the fear of being forgotten when you can't speak for yourself, when you've been removed from the public eye.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 5, 2015
If this is not a film, by all means let us have many more such not-a-films.
June 9, 2013
Powerfully shows how freedom in the arts is a necessity for any country to ensure its citizens don't live a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 23, 2013
There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface.
January 7, 2013
No matter the constrictions on its existence, This is Not a Film is, in fact, a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 7, 2013
One mourns the tragic circumstances that caused it to be made, but the result is a sleight of hand to rank alongside Orson Welles's F for Fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 7, 2013
Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.
January 7, 2013
See it any way you possibly can. It will change your life forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 7, 2013
This Is Not a Film is a practical joke as much as it is a movie, and while it possesses a deadly serious undercurrent, what's most surprising is how witty the finished product is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2013
Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.
January 7, 2013
This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.
December 16, 2012
The complex, brilliant, heartbreaking diary of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi under house arrest in Tehran, and prohibited from making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 13, 2012
I find myself returning again and again to Jafar Panahi's apartment in Tehran, the defining location for the year in cinema, one of the defining locations in all of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 6, 2012
"This Is Not a Film", but it manages to be a bloody great one, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 5, 2012
The truth of what is and isn't lies deep between the lines of this brilliantly elusive meta-commentary, arguably the greatest Iranian film since Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece Close-Up.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 31, 2012
Predictably, not much happens in "This Is Not a Film"; dude is under house arrest, after all. But it's absorbing and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 18, 2012
It's a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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