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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 5, 2014
    100
    You might actually say the documentary itself is Mohassess’s final canvas, so infused it becomes with his alternately infuriating and infectious personality.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 5, 2014
    90
    The lovely ball-&-socket meeting of the two artists' sensibilities is what makes the doc sing, even if it is a chronicle of a death foretold.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Aug 4, 2014
    88
    Mitra Farahani rescues the doc from becoming a talking-head fest by embracing her creative self as a character and exposing the travails of her own authorship process.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Aug 7, 2014
    80
    Though shy on background info, the docu offers a fascinating portrait.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 31, 2014
    75
    In person, as seen in Fifi Howls From Happiness, Mitra Farahani’s ambitious and self-reflexive documentary of the artist’s last days, Mohassess enthusiastically acts out those traits. It’s a performance enhanced by his diabolical, phlegm-choked laughter at his own bleakly ironic pronouncements and denunciations of the world in general.
  6. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Aug 8, 2014
    75
    As if to confirm how crucial timing is to documentaries, the artist gives the filmmaker a last performance that helps make her portrait of him as extraordinary as the man it portrays.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 13, 2014
    70
    By its bittersweet end, Fifi Howls From Happiness has stayed almost entirely in one apartment and yet somehow unveiled both a life in full and a blank canvas.
  8. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 7, 2014
    70
    A provocative portrait of an artist who seemed hell-bent on destroying his own legacy.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 7, 2014
    70
    A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor and a stubborn question mark, “Fifi Howls From Happiness” registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation and an increasingly urgent rescue mission.
  10. Reviewed by: Charles Bramesco
    Aug 5, 2014
    60
    Farahani’s elegiac documentary takes far more interest in Mohassess the man than Mohassess the artist.
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  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    Magnificent in so many ways, this intimate depiction of one of the most interesting and complex characters of pre-revolution IranianMagnificent in so many ways, this intimate depiction of one of the most interesting and complex characters of pre-revolution Iranian contemporary art scene takes your breath away. Full Review »