Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Director Jafar Panahi has long been an eloquent and passionate representative for Iranian women. But judging by this deeply poignant comedy, they may not need a mouthpiece much longer.
  2. The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare.
  3. Jafar Panahi's wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story, a light counterweight to his sadder 2000 feminist drama "The Circle."
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Poignant and sometimes downright hilarious, much of the film unfolds in the small area outside the arena -- an "offside" penalty box for women who just won't behave.
  5. So accessible and entertaining.
  6. In the midst of his many other achievements here -- his documentary realism, his wry humanism, his allegorical subtlety -- Panahi even manages to redeem the good name of toilet humour.
  7. 83
    Within this simple structure, Panahi manages at once to celebrate and critique his nation's passions, sexual politics, sporting heritage, laws, morality and class system. It's a fictional feature but, like many Iranian films, it feels uncannily real, particularly in its final rousing minutes.
  8. Jafar Panahi of Iran is one of his country's great filmmakers, and Offside is his best movie to date.
  9. Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
  10. 90
    Offside is blatantly metaphoric and powerfully concrete, deceptively simple and highly sophisticated in its formal intelligence.
  11. 91
    It's a sports film unlike any other, and a political film that makes the personal profound.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    The masterly Panahi concocts a spellbinding, often corrosively and/or warmly funny story in which love of both country and sport tries to, but doesn't quite, transcend dogmatic and ingrained difference.
  13. This is Iranian cinema at its most accessible: a bit slow even in its 92 minutes, with more environment than story, but deeply immersive and thought-provoking, and quite often funny.
  14. There is more comedy than outrage in this critique of sexual inequality in Iran.
  15. 88
    As funny as it is sharp.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    10
    Easy storyline to follow, that highlights lives of women affected by Iranian law. This is conveyed with smart and diverse characters fromEasy storyline to follow, that highlights lives of women affected by Iranian law. This is conveyed with smart and diverse characters from different backgrounds which makes for an amazing film. Oppression shows the difficulties of Iranian women to the western world, however humour and mutual interest make it worth watching. Full Review »
  2. PaulD.
    Oct 10, 2007
    9
    I was amazed at how such a simple story could be so absorbing, entertaining and humorous. Excellent look at the interplay between the I was amazed at how such a simple story could be so absorbing, entertaining and humorous. Excellent look at the interplay between the stringent Iranian laws regarding women and human factors, including the personalities of the police and the young women. Full Review »
  3. Troubadorjim
    Oct 1, 2007
    7
    Sure, it wasn't action packed, and the dialog wasn't anything to get excited about , but it definitely hit an emotional chord and Sure, it wasn't action packed, and the dialog wasn't anything to get excited about , but it definitely hit an emotional chord and made me feel the oppression of Persian women. Offside was a kind of sneak peak into Iran's regime, introducing you to the country's friendly people who, at the end of the day, just want to watch some soccer. I especailly like how Panahi portrayed the male soccer fans as simpathetic to the oppressed females, helping them every chance they got. Not a perfect 10 in my eyes, but definitely worth your time if you're a footie fan or just interested in foreign cinema. Full Review »