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  • Summary: Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of the precocious and outspoken 9-year-old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, Marjane outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA, and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. (Sony Classics) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    It's not to be missed in any language. In a year that has given us such marvelous animated movies as "Ratatouille" and "Paprika," this vibrant, sly and moving personal odyssey takes pride of place.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    While avoiding specious bromides about universality, Persepolis insists on communicating with its audience, and insists that communication and empathy are the keys to our survival.
  3. 100
    While so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    90
    This autobiographical tour de force is completely accessible and art of a very high order.
  5. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    88
    Without significantly changing the books’ content, they bring in a wealth of emotional tones--particularly a playful, wry humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    They're both tales of growing up in the shadow of Islamic fundamentalism, but Persepolis is everything "The Kite Runner" is not. It's a personal memoir rather than fiction, coolly observant instead of melodramatic, female rather than male in sensibility and sense of humor - it has a sense of humor.
  7. 70
    There is no denying the boldness of Persepolis, both in design and in moral complaint, but there must surely be moments, in Marjane’s life as in ours, that cry out for cross-hatching and the grown-up grayness of doubt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 5 out of 42
  1. Sep 22, 2013
    10
    I simply loved this movie, the main character and her somewhat intense life. Its both adorable and freaking cruel, with the minimalistic animations its just one of few masterpieces in animated world. Expand
  2. May 27, 2013
    10
    Should have been nominated as best picture of 2007. Persepolis is the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi's life as an Iranian girl during the height of the Islamic Revolution. With a great premise, a great setting, great actors and an amazing amount of intelligent idealism, Persepolis must've swept the Oscars.

    The movie had hearty and relatable characters, characters that are very hard to find in the movies of today. And the dialog between the characters was as if they hired their writers from the New You've got very intelligent and clever dialog, most quotes might last with you forever. The movie's script and plot was completely flawless.

    A message for the parents, it may look like a "cute" cartoon, but keep your kid away from this one until they are at least 14. Unless you want to be answering their questions halfway through the movie. That doesn't make it a bad movie.
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  3. Jan 28, 2012
    8
    Ne serait-ce pas de la vantardise de la part de Marjane Satrapi de vouloir adapter sa propre bande dessinée autobiographique en film d'animation? Peut-être, peut-être pas... Dans tous les cas, le résultat est tout simplement stupéfiant. Tout d'abord du côté du scénario, qui nous conte l'histoire d'une petite fille qui va vivre et grandir dans (et même en dehors) un pays (l'Iran) que l'auteur se doit de nous révéler tous les maux que subisse chaque habitant (religion forcée, gouvernement tyrannique, isolement aux pays occidentaux...). De plus, quand la petite Marjane se retrouve à Vienne, l'auteur touche également les problèmes de différences, d'intégrité... Tant de sujets traîtés durant 1h35, avec justesse, humour et surtout émotion. Quant à l'animation, elle reste dans l'esprit de la bande dessiné d'origine et offre à Persepolis bien plus que de la simplicité. Reste les doublages français, quelque peu oubliables. Mais cela n'empêche pas Persepolis d'être une claque dans son genre. Expand
  4. Jun 1, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Persepolis is a dive into the world of Iranian culture; sort of. It's main focus of course is the life of a young girl as she grows up from the traumatic experience of the Iranian revolution. As a whole the movie works remarkably well, it doesn't try to preach about how bad/difficult it was to be in Iran during the time, but rather shows how the main character thinks about it. Speaking about the main character, this is such a great character; in fact they fell like real people. She has the aspects of an average everyday person, she's curious, she can be bratty, she has common interest, and goes through problems that others go through to. The main character is probably the best part of the movie, but I would say that the second biggest compliment I would give is the animation. It's definitely a unique style, using black and white as the main visual color. Usually color can express emotions for a scene, but this movie makes to odd decision to show color only in the present day scenes. It isn't a detriment to the film though, so I guess it's okay. I guess that my only problems I have is perhaps the ending, I just don't it. Is it that she now accepts her origin of being Iranian? I don't know. Also the swearing; at times effective, is a bit harsh or just arkward in certain scenes. Like when the grandma keeps talking about balls throughout the film, it's just doesn't seem to fit and isn't really that appropriate. That aside, this is a marvelous film, one of the best animated movies out there; especially one that is overlooked, give it a look. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2010
    8
    Visually beautiful, especially with the use of the white and black, 'Persepolis' achieves what many animated films lately have lacked: to give us some actual knowledge about something happening in the world. As beautiful as 'Up' and 'Toy Story 3' may be, they do not teach us about the world things we haven't known before. 'Persepolis' gives us a tangible example of the diversity of cultures, ways of thinking and acting and how someone may be found to be living in the wrong place.
    I do not believe that this is an anti-Iranian film, after all, one of the "takeaway points" of the film is to be proud of who you are - which the director/author clearly is, and she makes it a point of pride. However, politics in Iran are definitely under attack here - but why not? Just because it is an animated film does not mean it cannot contain messages: clearly, what was happening in Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution was not right, irrelevant of whether one believes it is 'anti-Iranian' to think that way or not. And, I think, most importantly, it shows to world-audiences (and especially US audiences) that Iran has also people who are like themselves, just that one cannot express it openly, and that Iran used to be quite a "normal" place before the revolution - not unlike Europe or anywhere else in the 'developed' world.

    Definitely, it is a highly recommendable film for its artistry and its heart-wrenching story.
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  6. Aug 23, 2010
    7
    Animated film about an Iranian girl coming of age in Tehran then moving to Vienna & the struggles she has.
    Really good story which is funny,
    moving & dark in parts with Iran's political & war-torn history. The beautiful hand-drawn animation adds to the whole charm of the film & is very well done.
    The ending came a bit sudden than I expected & left a few unanswered questions but overall I did enjoy it.
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  7. Mar 24, 2013
    7
    Marjane Sitrapi's shocking life story (based upon her graphic novel of a memoir) depicting her life growing up before and during the Islamic Revolution. Expand

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