Quality of Life (Against The Wall) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 21, 2006
A very engaging indie drama about graffiti artists in San Francisco.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
July 20, 2006
It's up to the consistently fluid ensemble acting and colloquially sound dialogue to keep things on track, which they do admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eddie Cockrell
May 25, 2006
Pic's cliched underlying story of restless youth plays as too naive for an older audience and too provocative for teens.
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
May 25, 2006
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.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 7, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
April 6, 2006
A minor, modest indie about two young graffiti artists forced to choose between creative marginalization and the seductions of the marketplace.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 6, 2006
Dismal, connect-the-dots, no-budget indie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 5, 2006
Morgan, who co-wrote with Burnam, elicits authentic performances from his two lead actors and from Mackenzie Firgens as Curtis' single-mom girlfriend.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Land
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
As deceptively modest and quietly ambitious as its urban working-class hero.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 2, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
October 22, 2005
A middling program of aggressively self-indulgent videos that focus on the sleazy side of life.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2005
The best low-budget indie ever shot in San Francisco's Mission District...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Les Wright
October 19, 2005
Penetrates to the very heart of post-dot-com bohemian San Francisco
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