• Released
  • February 29, 2012
  • (Limited 2/29)
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Documentary
This Is Not a Film Synopsis
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi makes a video diary to protest his government's treatment of him.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Against all odds, an unquenchable artist has made yet another piece of powerful art.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In short, This Is Not a Film is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
This Is Not a Film isn't just a film, it's a strong one. It's also an act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
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95

NPR

By Ella Taylor
If you pay close attention, there's also an exhilarating evocation of how art is stubbornly made, and arbitrary authority put in its place,...
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88

Slant Magazine

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In its way, this effort is both a forceful assertion of the most stifling brand of auteurism and a radical reconfiguration of its political...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Little by little, detail by detail, This Is Not a Film leads to a final scene of overwhelming power. I don't think it was even planned - no...
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
A small but extremely significant message in a bottle. That metaphor is almost literal: The picture made its way to Cannes via a USB drive...
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's irrefutably art, and undeniably vital.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Deft and ironic, mixing banal reality with poignant metaphor in a typically Iranian style.
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Rated NR