This Is Not a Film
This Is Not a Film (2012)

This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 29, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Through simple means and filming, This is Not a Film presents a vital political statement and a snapshot of life in Iran as enemy of the state.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

There is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.

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Daniel Kasman

Panahi, with a humble admission behind which is a baffled desperation, proves that everyone involved on a film set is making a film, that all are complicit and are creative, all directors in their own right.

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Eric Kohn

No matter the constrictions on its existence, This is Not a Film is, in fact, a great one.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

To forever be remembered as the notorious "USB stick film," Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film is first and foremost a revolutionary act against a repressive regime.

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Tom Charity

Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.

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Alison Willmore
The Playlist

"This Is Not A Film" portrays the fear of being forgotten when you can't speak for yourself, when you've been removed from the public eye.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Under house arrest, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi creates a powerful humanist manifesto against censorship and lack of freedom of speech in his country. Full… More
KJ Proulx
"This is Not a Film" follows a filmmaker (Jafar Panahi) through his house after he has been released from prison, not being able to write, direct, or… More
Spencer S.
The mere premise of "This is Not a Film" is extraordinary. Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was sentenced to six years of a suspended jail sentence and… More
William Dunmyer
It certainly is not a film; it's a rip-off. Charging $13 for "This Is Not a Film," a one-hour short almost devoid of content, is highway robbery.… More
Lucas Martins
This Is Not a Film, is a scream of help.
Walter M.
This is as a fascinating bit of minimalism as there has been in quite a long time, not only for its insights into the state of censorship in Iran(from what I… More