This Is Not a Film
This Is Not a Film (2012)

This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Through simple means and filming, This is Not a Film presents a vital political statement and a snapshot of life in Iran as enemy of the state.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This film is unique in a dreadful way: what happens on screen would not be particularly interesting without the facts surrounding its making.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Powerfully shows how freedom in the arts is a necessity for any country to ensure its citizens don't live a lie.

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Tom Charity
CNN.com

Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This may not be a film, but it's a moving statement of defiance and despair.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

There's a tremendous power under the simple-looking surface.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

There is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

It's a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities.

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

No matter the constrictions on its existence, This is Not a Film is, in fact, a great one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
This Is Not a Film, is a scream of help.
Walter M.
This is as a fascinating bit of minimalism as there has been in quite a long time, not only for its insights into the state of censorship in Iran(from what I… More
KJ Proulx
"This is Not a Film" follows a filmmaker (Jafar Panahi) through his house after he has been released from prison, not being able to write, direct, or… More
John Ballantine
True, it isn't a film...and yet it is. Jafar Panahi, under house arrest, shoots scenes with a cameraman that are seemingly about the mundane life of being… More
William Dunmyer
It certainly is not a film; it's a rip-off. Charging $13 for "This Is Not a Film," a one-hour short almost devoid of content, is highway robbery.… More
Ivan Descartin
What do you think will happen when you put a prolific filmmaker under house arrest? "This Is Not a Film", a sad portrait of how freedom of expression… More