Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 21, 2014
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 12, 2014
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 10, 2014
    100
    The film, while wrenching and audacious, is crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 12, 2014
    90
    Its violence is low-tech... and its look is old-school, but its message could not possibly be more momentous.
  5. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jun 13, 2014
    88
    Easily the most daring and politically provocative film yet to emerge from Iran.

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