Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one-time Iranian revolutionary and self-taught filmmaker and humanist, has made a series of highly acclaimed and deeply personal films.The Cyclist has much in common with the style and content of Vittorio De Sica's neorealist classic,The Bicycle Thief. However, despite the similarities, Makhmalbaf, like his fellow filmmakers, has made neorealism distinctively Iranian.
Weinberger, Stephen. "The Cyclist (Bicycleran)." Film Quarterly 59, no. 4 (Summer 2006), 47-50.