Backseat Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 17, 2008
Backseat satisfies itself with small observations and minor breakthroughs of self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 28, 2008
Sporadically funny, micro-budgeted indie comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 31, 2008
Culturally falling somewhere between Sideways and Dumb and Dumber, this low-rent road movie similarly rides on principles of audience identification, largely minus competent helming, thesping or scripting.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2008
The flailing, protagonists of Backseat, while not exactly 40-year-old virgins, can have avoided that fate only by the tender mercies of women with low expectations.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 11, 2008
Alexander's script considers context anathema, leaving us to wonder, among other puzzlers, why these two jerks are friends to begin with - and, perhaps, on what bad breakup or neglected childhood one may blame the film's dispiriting misanthropy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
Bruce Van Dusen's 2005 comedy plots a meandering course due north without locating a word of truth.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 28, 2008
Just a series of character skits, some charming and others tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 3, 2008
Anyone who's spent a lot of time at independent-film festivals will feel a familiar sinking feeling within the first 10 minutes of Backseat.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2008
A road movie that runs out of gas almost immediately after it gets started, Backseat is the sort of quirky indie feature that impresses at festivals but feels wan when experienced under real cinematic conditions.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
Once in a while, a movie inspires nothing more than complete apathy. Backseat is such a lackluster work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
April 4, 2008
To be sure, slapstick misadventures ensue, but there's a sweetness and vulnerability beneath the surface of the boys' sometimes-blue bantering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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