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Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists first take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. She cleverly outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war. Then Marjane's journey moves on to Austria where, as a teenager, her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a mind-blower."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself."
‑ Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph
"Moving, perceptive and extremely funny."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Marjane's outlook on events is always slightly skewed and caricatured, and the visuals keep Persepolis striking to the eye even during its less dramatically satisfying patches."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"You could ask for a more hardcore adaptation of her bitterly funny, sad and angry book, I think, but not for a more enjoyable one."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Persepolis, despite its inventive and pleasing animation, drags on dully."
‑ Henry Stewart, Film School Rejects
"There's very little that's whimsical about this coming-of-age chronicle, but if we're looking for political reflection we're reading the wrong comic book."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film's nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Equal parts contrarian and humanist, Persepolis -- regardless of how it was inked -- refuses to see anything in black and white."
‑ Jesse Jarnow, Paste Magazine
"The diffused momentum arguably suits the subject: that's teen turmoil for you, heightened here by the troubles of time and place."
‑ , Total Film
"Extremely entertaining, often moving and an eye-opener to those of us who know little about Iran."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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