Chicken With Plums Synopsis
A celebrated violinist (Mathieu Amalric) sinks into despair after discovering his broken instrument.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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....
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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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Rated PG-13 | For Violent Images, Sensuality, Some Drug Content and Smoking