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  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A no-frills, homespun documentary that gives so much more than its humble technical credits would suggest. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    I was pleased by the forthright defense in Friendly Persuasion of Iranian cinema's use of children. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The filmmakers don't shy away from discussing their frustrations with censorship or the depiction of women, but their work raises interesting questions about the ways in which restrictions can sometimes facilitate artistry and lead to a deeper consideration of the film's subject. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    An inspiring demonstration of that old saw about necessity being the mother of (in this case, artistic) invention. show more

  • 60
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    The doc is also fat with film clips from before and after the 1979 revolution, but innocent of sensationalism as they are, Iranian films aren't terribly quotable—except when used to illustrate how filmmakers must choreograph their action so that men and women never touch on-screen. show more

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