The Green Wave


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 9, 2012
    The most compelling aspect of The Green Wave, however, is the extensive footage shot clandestinely by amateurs using cellphones. What they recorded shows us the reality of what went down in a way nothing else can match.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Aug 7, 2012
    That Ahadi and his team were able to safely compile, let alone edit together, this much ground-level footage is a feat in and of itself; that it comes together in such a compelling manner makes it almost vital.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Aug 6, 2012
    Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.
  4. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Aug 6, 2012
    Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Aug 16, 2012
    By turns frustrating and moving, Ali Samadi Ahadi's documentary The Green Wave, about the Green Revolution in Iran, gets a jolt from footage shot by the people for the people on the people's cellphones.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    Aug 14, 2012
    Only the animation seems forced, with its comic-book style and melodramatic tone registering as manipulative next to the brute reality of the documentary images.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 6, 2012
    A worthy topic that deserves a slightly better documentary.
  8. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Aug 6, 2012
    Mixed-media approach is eye-catching, and the subject is unquestionably powerful, but the sentimental score and stridently drawn imagery detract from picture's impact.
  9. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 6, 2012
    An arresting visual style cannot make up for lack of new information or viewpoints about the Green Revolution in 2009 Iran.
  10. Reviewed by: Lauren Wissot
    Aug 6, 2012
    Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic.

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