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Cashback Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Funny but not really profound.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2007
Edward Douglas

Isn't nearly as good as Ellis' original short, being little more than a series of vignettes masquerading as a feature film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

July 18, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2007
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

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July 3, 2007
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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 Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2007
Brian Tallerico

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.

Full Review Source: Screentalk

July 28, 2007
Matt Pais

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 Source: | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 19, 2007
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 19, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Would that the plotline came up to the poster's level of intriguing suggestiveness.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2007
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

July 20, 2007
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

There's a lot of promise here, but Cashback can't get out of its own way.

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July 19, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Beware films with protagonists depicted as vastly more sensitive than their fellow characters. The result may be a crock like Cashback.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 20, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 20, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

July 15, 2007
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

July 25, 2007
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 1/5

May 8, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 14, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

July 19, 2007
Cath Clarke
October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
July 13, 2007
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