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This Is Not a Film Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 7, 2013
Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 7, 2013
There is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2013
Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2013
This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 3, 2012
In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
The more "This Is Not a Film" underscores the cruel containment of a great artist, the more we actually become aware - very indirectly, in a very Panahi fashion - of a city in chaos outside, with sounds of gunfire and distant street blazes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 12, 2012
It's a statement about courage, a poke in the eye of political oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
I would like to show "This Is Not a Film" to those in the United States who are in favor of a close union of church and state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2012
An act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 27, 2012
As for Panahi, I could watch him for hours. With his film, its title, with his dignity and strength of purpose he mocks the stupidity of the regime's censorship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 9, 2012
There are fireworks -- and an ending that's as dramatic as anything made by any director making a film, which is something Panahi accomplishes with a bit of a wink, and no small amount of courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 2, 2012
The triumph of This Is Not a Film is not only an artistic one -- the very existence of this movie is a gift. No wonder it came to us in a cake.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Fascinating for what it signifies as much as what it shows, "This Is Not a Film" illustrates how Panahi is struggling to stay alive creatively and, paradoxically, can't help but demonstrate how much of a natural filmmaker he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012
Against all odds, an unquenchable artist has made yet another piece of powerful art.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
It's irrefutably art, and undeniably vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 29, 2012
Any way you slice it, it's a brave and brilliant act of defiance.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 29, 2012
The film is terrific ... at capturing the drip-drip-drip of what amounts to, basically, Panahi's home imprisonment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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February 29, 2012
Rene Magritte, whose famous pipe painting is slyly honored in the movie's title, would be jazzed.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Sure it is -- and a great one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 28, 2012
If this is not a film, it is, among other things, a statement of creative resistance in the face of tyranny and a document of intellectual freedom under political duress.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 28, 2012
An inspiring must-see for anyone who feels the urgent need to create something beautiful and meaningful, no matter the cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
It's a political statement, an act of defiance, a master class in one auteur's body of work and process, and a document of a life unseen.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 27, 2012
An extraordinary film, and one of the few in which boredom in the face of static camerawork and lack of narrative adds to the emotional wallop.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 24, 2012
A simple description of what transpires in This Is Not a Film doesn't begin to convey its power.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2012
Ignore the title This Is Not a Film - this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 10, 2011
Panahi depicts his plight with warm, self-deprecating humor...
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 9, 2011
This Is Not A Film is pleasing mainly just as a message-in-a-bottle from a restless, persecuted artist -- that is, until the amazing closing shot, which brings the volatility of post-Green Revolution Iran home with unforgettable force.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 9, 2011
Deft and ironic, mixing banal reality with poignant metaphor in a typically Iranian style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 8, 2011
It marks a courageous act of non-violent protest.