100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Persepolis, the superb film based on Satrapi's graphic memoirs of the same name, is a riveting odyssey in pictures and words. It's unlike any journal you've read or any animated movie you've seen.
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100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
While avoiding specious bromides about universality, Persepolis insists on communicating with its audience, and insists that communication and empathy are the keys to our survival.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
While so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience and an unflagging sense of humor through the worst of situations
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A dazzlingly smart and entertaining animated feature by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, looks like a black-and-white graphic novel come to life.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
They're both tales of growing up in the shadow of Islamic fundamentalism, but Persepolis is everything "The Kite Runner" is not. It's a personal memoir rather than fiction, coolly observant instead of melodramatic, female rather than male in sensibility and sense of humor - it has a sense of humor.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through blocky drawings.
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.