Cashback Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
July 20, 2007
Funny but not really profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 18, 2007
Isn't nearly as good as Ellis' original short, being little more than a series of vignettes masquerading as a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 19, 2007
Ellis has expanded Cashback into a full-length movie that shares the short's strengths but doesn't come up with anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
July 3, 2007
Considering the entire uneventful and unpleasant proceedings, 'cash back' may have been the worst highly suggestive choice of title possible for the audience to contemplate.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
June 7, 2007
note to next short-turn-feature film director: please, please, pretty please, don't stretch the hell out of your beautiful short when you don't have enough stuff to make it to full length, no matter how pretty you can make it look
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
Screentalk
July 28, 2007
A good writer starts with characters and plot and allows the themes to come naturally from the story. Sean Ellis' script for Cashback is all theme, and it's not that interesting a one to begin with.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
July 19, 2007
Offers such a 13-year-old boy's perspective on love and sex that you wouldn't even trust it to unhook a bra.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 19, 2007
How ironic that Richard Lester had to go all the way to England to make that chef-d'oeuvre of sex comedies, The Knack... and How to Get It, while Ellis stays home and churns out the British answer to American Pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2007
Cashback springs from that childhood fantasy of being able to stop time and wander freely among the temporarily frozen. If only writer-director Sean Ellis had done more than use the conceit for a functional romance.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 11, 2007
Would that the plotline came up to the poster's level of intriguing suggestiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 20, 2007
Cashback's eccentricity holds, but Ellis and his audience would have benefited from a clearer direction and a bit more restraint.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 19, 2007
There's a lot of promise here, but Cashback can't get out of its own way.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 20, 2007
Beware films with protagonists depicted as vastly more sensitive than their fellow characters. The result may be a crock like Cashback.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2007
[Director] Ellis has rounded up all the actors for this feature adaptation but doesn't add much to the 18-minute original besides a tedious boy-meets-girl.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 15, 2007
If they taught the film in schools, the class might be dubbed The Art of Boosting the Self and Ragging on Women Through Tired Aesthetics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2007
Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 8, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 14, 2007
This inert movie, in the style of early sitcom, fails the first test by having its central character as the least interesting of all the ones on the screen.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 19, 2007
Certain shots evidence Ellis' skill at composing static images, but his messy staging of a soccer game, a painful piece of failed slapstick, proves he has not quite arrived as a feature film director.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
July 13, 2007
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