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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
    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
    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
    This autobiographical tour de force is completely accessible and art of a very high order.
  5. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Without significantly changing the books’ content, they bring in a wealth of emotional tones--particularly a playful, wry humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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. CM.
    Jun 29, 2008
    Everyone should see this film.
  2. MaeB.
    Nov 7, 2008
    This film captivated me from start to finish with its simple yet striking animation that manages to convey the horrific and the emotional so beautifully. Expand
  3. AndrewG
    Oct 9, 2009
    God, this film was funny.
  4. KevinL.
    Dec 26, 2007
    This is an extremely sophisticated and subtle adult movie for all its black-and-white drawing. I think Anthonly Lane of the New Yorker is totally muddled and confuses aesthetic choices and ethical perspectives (but then he is writing for the New Yorker, where ethics is perceived as but one style choice that might fit nicely between ads for luxury goods -- his dismissive tone is so pompous). Expand
  5. PerspicaciousCritic
    Apr 26, 2008
    This film is worthy of a 10 out of 10 score. The only reason I am giving it 8 out of 10 is because it was dubbed in English and the American voices were distracting, grating and not fitting with the mainly Iranian characters. NY Times critic A.O. Scott said it best: "Sony Pictures Classics, which is releasing Expand
  6. JayH.
    Jun 19, 2008
    Although it is a moving and fascinating film, I am not quite sure what all the fuss is about. It does have a nice balance of of drama and comedy. The animation is effective but way too simple. It doesn't need to be Pixar, but it's not far from being stick figures. Well defined characters. It would have made an excellent non-animated film. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 13, 2008
    An aggravating story about an Iranian narcissist and drama queen. The animation is NOT that great but looks cheap, like old cold-war kiddie Soviet propaganda-NO JOKE. Politically correct pap that amazed me by being even worse than the source material. If you think that society should be run by socialist sociology professors, you'll like this movie. The people are a bunch of lower middle class twits, who seem to know nothing of reality. Their values could be purchased at any Wal-Mart, the Marxist ones as well. Ugh. Collapse

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