Manuscripts Don't Burn


Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 26, 2015
    Putting aside the worthiness of its politics, this is also a crackling, tense thriller, graced with beautifully measured performances, that explores with wisdom and sorrow the best and worst in human nature.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 21, 2014
    The government, even under the new, more moderate leadership of President Hassan Rouhani, has reason for concern. Unlike Rasoulof and Panahi’s previous, more metaphorical films, this one confronts its subject head-on with unflinching candor.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 12, 2014
    Rather than relish in the stark proceedings, Manuscripts Don't Burn preys on its viewers' imagination, leaving several deaths and other dreary outcomes off-screen. In the unbearable tension of its final moments, the movie arrives at an expected destination, but the outcome stings more than anything preceding it.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 10, 2014
    The film, while wrenching and audacious, is crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 12, 2014
    Its violence is low-tech... and its look is old-school, but its message could not possibly be more momentous.
  6. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jun 13, 2014
    Easily the most daring and politically provocative film yet to emerge from Iran.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Dec 14, 2014
    The initially cryptic plotting and low-key realism are familiar from Iranian dramas; what’s striking is how Rasoulof shifts into such a lucid, gut-punching tale of persecution. The film’s flaws are forgivable; its very existence should be applauded.
  8. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jun 12, 2014
    A brave, challenging picture that makes the viewer complicit in the action, it is also perhaps the first film since the declaration of the Islamic Republic to confront so directly the brutality of the feared security apparatus.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Jun 12, 2014
    An unflinching portrait of state-sponsored evil, Manuscripts Don’t Burn feels like the work of an angry artist who has been jailed, censored and harassed too long. This time it’s personal.

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