TEHRAN, Iran (February 25, 2013)--"Argo" won the best picture Oscar Sunday night, but Iran isn't impressed.
Iranian officials dismissed the movie based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 as anti-Iran.
A Tehran City Council member who was one of the students who occupied the U.S. Embassy said the film exaggerates the violence among crowds that stormed the compound.
Meanwhile, state TV derided "Argo" as "an advertisement for the CIA."
The negative reviews may not be based on firsthand knowledge about the Oscar-winning film, however, because “Argo” has not been screened in any Iranian theaters.
However, bootleg DVDs of "Argo" are selling in downtown Tehran for less than $1, and many Iranians have seen it.
Some disparage it as U.S. propaganda, but others welcome it a fresh view of their recent history.
One retired teacher who saw the Revolution first hand said it's "close to the realities then."
The moderate newspaper Hamshahri called it a "worthwhile" perspective on "the events that led to the collapse of relations between the U.S. and Iran."