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Quid Pro Quo Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE

In fact, "Quid Pro Quo" is not at all funny, merely occasionally sarcastic, its plot a succession of half-baked pop-psych speculations and its dialogue a glib sampling of sub-Diablo Cody incredibility

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 8, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Brooks tiptoes into territory Luis Bunuel would have frolicked in, but he does so without the master surrealist's desire to outrage and confound his viewers.

June 13, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A bleakly humorous romantic character study, Quid Pro Quo is appealingly offbeat until its narrative takes a wayward detour into pat simplifications.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2008
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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Its biggest mystery is how it was financed (by Texas trillionaire and Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, no less) and selected for distribution.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 18, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

I wanted Quid Pro Quo to develop into something at every turn, but it just never gels. It's a great 20-page short story that can't sustain 82 minutes of life on the big screen.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

June 13, 2008
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

Might work if it was really about what it's really about, but its too-tricky script has too many paths that lead nowhere.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Quid Pro Quo hovers in a noir-shaded twilight zone where repressed memories and guilt merge in an obsession with physical and emotional paralysis.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

June 13, 2008
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Brooks has no idea how to pace his irritatingly giddy script, and the film feels overlong at 82 minutes.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 13, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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[Director] Brooks plunges into the thick of a largely unfamiliar subculture in Quid Pro Quo, but the journey involves a series of well-telegraphed twists and turns.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

June 12, 2008
Jean Oppenheimer
Village Voice
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Farmiga is captivating, Stahl less so -- although a bigger problem is writer/director Carlos Brooks's script, which sets up one story, then shifts gears into something more personal and psychologically specific.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 11, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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If you needed to find something -- anything -- redeeming about Carlos Brooks's ridiculous romantic thriller, you can at least credit it for not sticking to the paths most traveled.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

June 11, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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If you were a fan of David Cronenberg's Crash, you might just be the target audience for Quid Pro Quo, a perverse psychological drama about able-bodied people who yearn to become disabled.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

June 13, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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While a good director can spin a worthy movie from any subject, first-timer Carlos Brooks does surprisingly little with the jaw-dropper of a topic he chose.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

June 13, 2008
David Fear
Time Out Chicago

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2011
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical

Has some pretty insightful things to say about the nature of being "disabled," and it says them with a good deal of humor, style, and understanding.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 28, 2008
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

An outsider adventure strictly for the very open-minded, presenting the numbness of paralysis, ironically, as a potential source of paroxysms of pleasure.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Strikingly original and spectacularly twisted, Quid Pro Quo is a gem. Two outstanding performances from Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga provide riveting viewing

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

It frustratingly refuses to go bonkers, but the film is a compelling sit, brought to life by two very crafty, pointed performances.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B

June 12, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Not exactly Bunuel's differently abled erotica classic Tristana, it raises mystifying questions about disability as a state of mind. And whether or not the final clues to this mind over matter mystery reside in sex, shoes or tulips, hypochondriacs beware.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 9, 2008
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