Persepolis (2007)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's a mind-blower.

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Dana Stevens

The subtlety of the interplay among the three generations of women is extraordinary.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Drawn in big swaths of black and white and embellished with thin curls of cigarette smoke and cascades of jasmine flowers, Persepolis is a gorgeous film.

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Tom Charity

An exuberant autobiographical film and dark-horse contender for an animated feature Oscar.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Persepolis is a superb film about a young girl's coming of age amidst war, fascism and family tragedy.

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Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Bob Mondello

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through these blocky drawings, which are simple but powerfully chosen.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
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Just about as expected. In fact, I was prepared for worse experience while opting for it. It had too much in it that appealed me to stay away from it. But as… More
Marc Lewis
I saw this movie in school, and my reaction. It was actually pretty good. Very, very good. It had some big flaws, but for the most part, I enjoyed it.… More
Jens S.
This smart animated film tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the eyes of a open minded young girl, growing up to be a woman both inside and… More
Jim Hunter
They say that we must learn from the past or we're doomed to repeat it. I've always thought that was because the past helps us better understand the… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Intimacy with the history of Iran, the Islamic Revolution through an animated autobiography by and of Marjane Satrapi, a witness to the oppression of civil and… More
Michael Edwards
if i could name one foreign film adapted from a graphic novel done in black and white and is gripping and powerful i would definetly choose this movie i mean it… More

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