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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 12 out of 36
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Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 3, 2012
    100
    In short, This Is Not a Film is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 14, 2012
    90
    As its title suggests, This Is Not a Film may not be what we're used to in a movie, but in many ways it's much, much more.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 11, 2012
    88
    Little by little, detail by detail, This Is Not a Film leads to a final scene of overwhelming power. I don't think it was even planned - no more than Panahi expected the little actress to take the cast off her arm. It simply happens, and then the film is over, having nothing more to say. Because, after all, it is not a film.