83

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
One of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling.
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70

The New York Times

This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

The description sounds like a real-life fish-out-of-water tale crossed with a sports movie. But the film wants to be more than that, and I'm on the fence about how well it succeeds.
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60

Time Out New York

The documentary's technique of cutting between warm exchanges and the bellicose rhetoric of then-presidents Ahmadinejad and Bush wears thin with overuse, but the big-hearted Sheppard makes for an amiable tour guide.
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60

Village Voice

Although it presents itself as merely the story of a professional basketball player named Kevin Sheppard, who, never quite making it to the NBA, has spent his career playing in lesser leagues overseas, The Iran Job ends up being quite a bit more: an underdog sports story, a fish-out-of-water tale, and an outsider's perspective on Iran's almost-revolution of early 2009.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Though there's something refreshing, and disturbingly familiar, about Kevin Sheppard's spontaneity, he's certainly not the most interesting thing about the film.
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67 out of 100
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