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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 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. show more

  • 38
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Though there's something refreshing, and disturbingly familiar, about Kevin Sheppard's spontaneity, he's certainly not the most interesting thing about the film. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 80
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    One of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    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. show more

  • February 18, 2014 mkanet
    Report This User

    Not sure why someone would deliberately want to go to Iran; where the people dont like America; but crave American culture.

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