Offside (2006)

Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A spirited film that explores gender politics with comedy, intelligence, and a variety of interesting characters.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate.

Josh Larsen

...reveals pockets of empathy existing in defiance of Iran's oppressive regime.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A sociopolitical parable about women's rights in Iran doesn't sound like a thigh-slapper, but Offside scores a lot of laughs while making its ideological points.

Fernando F. Croce

Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

[Director] Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking, here turning his camera on scenes that seem more improvised or captured on the fly than staged.

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Sam Jordison

Another no-frills success from one of Iran's most accessible directors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
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William Goss
Well-meaning and well-worn in equal measure.
Bruce Bruce
This Movie shows some of the hardships faced by Iranian women in Iran. Very enjoyable and educational. A Must See for any women in America who thinks she has… More
Leo L
A great & fascinating movie!
Walter M.
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