Persepolis Synopsis
An Iranian girl rebels against the fundamentalist takeover of her country.
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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...
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By Glenn Kenny
While avoiding specious bromides about universality, Persepolis insists on communicating with its audience, and insists that communication...
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through blocky drawings.
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By zaminina
I was interested to see this movie because of the book. I was a bit put off about seeing it though when I learned the movie was animated. However, having seen it. My impression of the movie in a...

A Must See!!!

By Dutchmazz
Great story, great animation, wonderful voice acting, even great subtitles! This film will pull you in and never let you go. If you read the book this film is definitely a bonus, but you don't have...


By chrysanna
I don't like seeing movies more than ones, it rarely happens and it happened for this movie. I have seen it twice already and want to see it again. Besides its content is very impressive and the way...

No CG!

By ninthgirl
This is so interesting, funny and timely....

Transporting and Instructive

By avckc
Engaging story of a spirited girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. We see a country going through violent suppression through the eyes of a girl whose parents know that, while her...


By Rtrifon
This was a new experience for me. I've never read a graphic novel, nor have I seen a serious animated movie. Animation might not even be the right term, because that conjurs images of Pixellated...

An animated female character more alive than most real female characters

By Igotothemoviesalot
Spanning from the late 70s through the early 90s, Persepolis is mostly the story of the Iranian Islamic Revolution seen through the eyes of an young Iranian woman. Almost autobiographical, at times...

Eye of the Tiger

By BBBannister
I went with a friend who is a die hard fan of the books (graphic novels). I have never read them, but we both enjoyed this movie. It's funny, sad, heartfelt, interesting, and French. I thought the...


By rlrdance31
I love this movie. The narration by Marjane, the main character, draws you into her story. As a woman, I related to all the issues she faces as young girl. I also learned about how the 8 year war...


By berriesmama
Peresepolis, the movie version of the autobiographical book is a complete delight. How can you not love Marijan the main character as she grows up beneath the shadow of the horror of war and...

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Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content
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