This Is Not a Film

This Is Not a Film ★★½

Listen, I know plenty of folks are going to be indignant about this review. I walked right up to a sacred cow, ripped off its glasses, and stomped on them. I get it. I also get why This Is Not a Film is an important, even incendiary, indictment of government censorship and how it flips the bird at the Man. That doesn't make it a good movie. Jafar Panahi should be commended for standing up against injustice, which is why everyone should give This is Not a Film at least a peek. He still made a dull movie that doesn't say all that much on its own. And no explanation of his noble intentions will change that or make sitting through This is Not a Film any more pleasurable than taking vitamins.

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