Yet the first 40 minutes of 'A Useful Life' is a deep, rich love letter to cinema and loss, that still resonates in my mind and heart long after its viewing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Those who enjoy this elegiac film will enjoy it very much. I did.
| Original Score: 4/5
A slight piece this, but engaging.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film is short, at 67 minutes, but teasing, mazy, memorable.
Cinema is dead! Long live the cinema!
A small film with a big heart, Federcio Veiroj's tale of a beleaguered cinematheque and its life-shy film programmer, is a charming ode to the big screen.
| Original Score: 5/5
[A] short, sweet, slow-tempo Uruguayan film...
A beautiful representation of innocence and naivety.
Dedicated to cinephiles everywhere, this pocket-vest valentine of a film examines the comforts and limits of movie love.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A Useful Life exists for filmgoers to feel good about being filmgoers; to provide validation for all those romantic notions movie lovers entertain as they sit in the dark for huge chunks of their (our) lives.
A cinephiliac work from a mature vantage point in which movie-love goes hand in hand with an awareness of the fragility of cultural institutions and a faith in romance extending beyond silver screens.
A Useful Life blooms as a study of cinephilia as a means to a sheltered end.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shot in color but produced in edible, Oreo-toned black and white, A Useful Life transitions seamlessly from indoors to outdoors, from nostalgia to hope.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Pleasant enough, but so slight it barely sustains 65 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/5