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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An agony of bad plotting and whimsical, lifeless scenes. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Chicken With Plums is not a thoroughly delectable concoction, but its exotic flavor is worth sampling. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Amalric's performance is comically moving in the manner of silent actors, and the film is beautifully wrought with moments of enchantment. Alas, Chicken is a movie that begins with a crescendo and doesn't sustain its lyricism. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colorful fantasy Iran of 1958, twenty years before the Islamic Revolution turned the country to somber grays. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A grand, romantic life story about love, loss, regret and the sadness that can be evoked by a violin - not only through music, but through the instrument itself. It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism. The story as it stands could be the scenario for an opera. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Although the story is mournful, the movie is buoyed by a heaven-scented surrealism. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    A whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Chicken With Plums has Iran in common with "Persepolis," but little else. Largely, though not entirely, live action, it's a fairly traditional story about thwarted love - a kind of fairy tale for grown-ups. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    A fable about the damage done when a young couple is forced to part, Chicken with Plums is deeply melancholic, yet so full of humor and humanity that it pulses with life even while tracing the trajectory of a slow suicide. show more

  • October 01, 2012 thevisitor967
    Report This User

    This is the best film I have seen so far this year. It was 10x better than The Master. I wish PTA had seen Chicken with Plums because then he\'d know the difference between entertaining and boring an audience.

  • August 30, 2012 asmith9843
    Report This User

    Chicken with Plums - A Fabulous Fable -, 30 August 2012 This is a brilliant film composed of wit, romance and all the art and style that makes film enjoyable. With set pieces, animation and fabulous actors the directors have created a unique and memorable fable. The visuals are magical and some satirical, all dressed in a vision of charm and enveloped with the romance of music. Romance and Art are at the core of this film, it speaks of the soul of an artist and true love. Set in old Terhran the story is told with culture and warmth. It is an inspiration laced with humor, charm, beauty and at last love. This tale is universal and will touch more than one heart. \"Chicken with Plums\" is the best I\'ve seen this year and a must see if you love film.

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