C.O.G. Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
A promising sophomore effort from Easier with Practice writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and a great star turn for Jonathan Groff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
It feels deeply limited.
Eric D. Snider
About.com
October 1, 2013
It's not necessarily the events Sedaris describes that make his essays enjoyable; it's the words he uses to describe them. Without his voice, the story falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
October 1, 2013
A coming-of age story with specific touches but a universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 30, 2013
The sardonic humor hits the mark more often than not, and Groff brings sympathy to an otherwise smug and pretentious character.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
This America takes some getting used to.
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 23, 2013
Everyone in this wonderful surprise is looking for a place to belong while ultimately having to look out for No. 1. And I don't mean that in the spiritual sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 21, 2013
I really wanted to like this film, being a fan of Sedaris' writing, of (screenwriter-director) Alvarez and of the great actors assembled here. Unfortunately, the screenplay lacks focus and is more often cruel than comedic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cory Everett
The Playlist
September 20, 2013
Despite some good performances and sharp screenplay, C.O.G., like its lead character, seems stuck in the space between.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 20, 2013
Stale, flat and unprofitable might be how Shakespeare would have also described this uninvolving David Sedaris adaptation.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2013
Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Callahan
RogerEbert.com
September 20, 2013
People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 19, 2013
Despite smatterings of wit and a stable of skilled performers, "C.O.G." struggles to find a consistent tone, its episodic structure veering from farcical to poignant to dangerously raw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2013
a dramedy that keeps you guessing where the main character is going (emotionally and physically) as he drifts from one odd situation to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 19, 2013
The film features snappy, hilarious bits among the coming-of-age vignettes, but it loses momentum as it winds toward a finish. You won't grow bored with the characters, but you might check your watch a few times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
For Sedaris fans, "C.O.G." is a regrettably patronizing washout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 19, 2013
"C.O.G" is like a collage of Americana from the perspective of someone incapable of comprehending its value.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 19, 2013
There are a few stretches in C.O.G. where the movie feels like it's dawdling, much like its protagonist. But the wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2013
Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez blends pointed satire with gallows humor, much like Sedaris himself.
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
September 19, 2013
Bolstered by beautiful cinematographic framing that expresses his alienation, the film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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