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Quality of Life (Against The Wall) (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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Filmed on location in San Francisco, this Berlin Film Festival award winner tells the story of two talented artists whose chosen form of expression -- graffiti -- puts them at odds with the law. When famed urban artists Michael "Heir" Rosario (Lane Garrison) and Curtis "Vain" Smith (Brian Burnam) are forced to give up their outlaw craft, the young men ultimately follow divergent paths, placing their friendship at risk.

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Jun 13, 2006

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A very engaging indie drama about graffiti artists in San Francisco.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Although the filmmakers have succeeded in portraying a raw slice of street culture, they have also made something that seems unnecessarily stiff, foisting a structural conceit onto something that by its very nature is free-form and uncontainable.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Pic's cliched underlying story of restless youth plays as too naive for an older audience and too provocative for teens.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a setup as old as the hills, but the unvarnished simplicity with which first-time director Benjamin Morgan rolls it out makes the tale worth another go-round.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A minor, modest indie about two young graffiti artists forced to choose between creative marginalization and the seductions of the marketplace.

April 6, 2006
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Morgan, who co-wrote with Burnam, elicits authentic performances from his two lead actors and from Mackenzie Firgens as Curtis' single-mom girlfriend.

April 5, 2006
New York Post
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It's up to the consistently fluid ensemble acting and colloquially sound dialogue to keep things on track, which they do admirably.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

While Burnam and Garrison imbue their characters with authentic-feeling frustration and anger, they never succeed in making them especially interesting; it's hard to care in any serious way what becomes of either.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dismal, connect-the-dots, no-budget indie.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film's aesthetic often suggests a Modern Living editor's take on a graffiti-ridden hood, but Morgan is almost chill for not trying to front ghetto idolatry.

April 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The best low-budget indie ever shot in San Francisco's Mission District...

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Penetrates to the very heart of post-dot-com bohemian San Francisco

October 19, 2005 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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