Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A grand, romantic life story about love, loss, regret and the sadness that can be evoked by a violin - not only through music, but through the instrument itself. It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism. The story as it stands could be the scenario for an opera.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Although the story is mournful, the movie is buoyed by a heaven-scented surrealism.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Adapting Satrapi's graphic novel about a violinist (Mathieu Amalric) in late-1950s Tehran who's got a broken fiddle and a broken heart and takes to his bed, willing himself to die, the filmmakers rely on expressive eyes to carry a narrative style suitable for a silent movie.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colorful fantasy Iran of 1958, twenty years before the Islamic Revolution turned the country to somber grays.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Chicken With Plums has Iran in common with "Persepolis," but little else. Largely, though not entirely, live action, it's a fairly traditional story about thwarted love - a kind of fairy tale for grown-ups.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
A whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Amalric's performance is comically moving in the manner of silent actors, and the film is beautifully wrought with moments of enchantment. Alas, Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Chicken With Plums is not a thoroughly delectable concoction, but its exotic flavor is worth sampling.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An agony of bad plotting and whimsical, lifeless scenes.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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