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Mouth to Mouth (2004)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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A disillusioned young girl looking to carve her own path in life and live on her own terms hits the road with a volatile collection of radical revolutionaries in director Alison Murray's uncompromising coming-of-age road film. Sherry (Ellen Page) is a teenage contradiction of sorts; she wants to be accepted but she doesn't want to sacrifice her fierce individualism. When Sherry meets up with SPARKS (Street People Armed with Radical Knowledge) and decides to join the curious group of

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Art House & International, Drama

Alison Murray

Sep 25, 2007

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Murray becomes less and less sure of where things are heading or what it is she is trying to get at, such that the last few reels feel perfunctory and unengaged.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Suffers from disjointed storytelling and myriad other problems, including a bizarre reliance on modern dance sequences to interrupt the action.

June 2, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Though Mouth to Mouth is a grim movie, it's far from a hopeless one.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Alison Murray's chaotic, semiautobiographical account of a teenage girl's misadventures in a traveling cult, occupies its own stylistic niche: the movie as acid flashback.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Like the homeless kids at its center, Alison Murray's feature debut is passionate, angry and suffering from a serious lack of discipline.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The whole is never quite convincing.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A gritty, original, and visceral film about a cult's romantic hold on a vulnerable girl...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film's subject matter is far from enjoyable, and, in the absence of anything fresh in its perspective, it's hard to imagine who would want to endure it.

June 4, 2006

Murray, making her feature debut as a writer and director, left home when she was 15, and her firsthand experience with hard truths gives the movie a raw authority.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Despite its contemporary stylistic flourishes (including several disparate dance sequences choreographed by director Alison Murray, previously a music video helmer), Mouth to Mouth is pretty ordinary.

June 2, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

For all the flaws, its grit and honesty have genuine strength.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

so threadbare in offering character motivations and background that it hobbles the performances

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A clear-eyed look at the pleasures and price of abandoning conventional mores for experimental lifestyles.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wightman's gradual change from liberated mom to moonie is one of the scariest performances of the year.

May 19, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Worth seeing even if only for Ellen Page's stunning performance.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

About willfully homeless street youth and their programmed need for community and belonging, but the film's unintentional ramifications dig deeper.

May 16, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Page has the looks and the internal landscape to provide an awkward plot with the emotional hook to hang on to. This supernova in the making can carry a movie.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

An anti-cult cautionary tale directed at impressionable kids in jeopardy of joining shirtless hunks on European excursions marked by chanting, eating out of dumpsters, and psychological warfare.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The cult becomes the most important character in this otherwise well-made Canadian film about a charismatic group leader and his followers. Catch star Ellen Page so you can say you knew her when.

April 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Mouth to Mouth

CAST: Ellen Page, Natasha Wightman, Eric Thal, Jim Sturges, August Diehl, Beatrice Brown, Jefferson Guzman, Armin Dillenberger, Marilyn Burns, Fabian, Joaquim Horta

DIRECTED BY: Alison Murray

SUMMARY: While hitchhiking in Europe, disaffected teen Sherry (Ellen Page) falls in with an underground cult-like group of former prostitutes and drug addicts. Their charismatic leader (Eric Thal) wants to change the world, but Sherry soon realizes that change comes at a steep price.

MY THOUGHTS: " I think the most appealing thing about this movie is that its based on true events from the directors real life. Ellen Page plays Sherry, who finds herself attracted to a group of misfits who travel under the name of SPARK. At first sight they seem like a group of street kids who are out to help one another stay off drugs and not sale themselves for money. But further on in the movie you will think differently of their heroin Harry. These kids who start off in just this group turns quickly into a somewhat cult. It's not a great movie, but its a very interesting one, especially knowing these events took place. So give it a chance.. You may find it as interesting as I did if nothing else. Not Ellen's best work, but she was great in it like everything else she does."
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Bit of a strange one. Not entirely sure I liked it that much, but interesting idea. Most of the characters are pretty unlikeable, and the whole thing is quite ugly to look at. Even Ellen Page looks freaky. But it apparently is semi-autobiographical which gives it a bit more credibility. Definitely not on the list to rewatch in a hurry, but worth a look.
November 8, 2009
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Super Reviewer

Early Ellen Page effort which proves a good vehicle for her but works less well as a whole. The aims of the collective she joins are muddled and it takes the cast a long time to realize the leader is preying on their vulnerabilities. Certainly captures the anarchist vibe.
August 7, 2008
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What starts off as a very intriguing and realistic movie about street kids is destroyed by a bunch of Lord of the Flies wannabe nonsense and a ridiculous conclusion.
December 6, 2006
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