C.O.G. Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
September 19, 2013
Alvarez rides a fine line with the Candide-esque nature of the story, pointing out the absurdities of the people that David meets along the way but never skirting the fact that wiseacre David has a lot to learn about the real world.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 19, 2013
There are some who have complained that C.O.G. ends too abruptly, but it has the bracing, devastating punctuation of a fine short story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2013
As an adaptation of Davis Sedaris's short essay from his acclaimed 1997 compilation, Naked, it's a letdown, as it doesn't exude the pop of the author's trademark humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 18, 2013
A deceptive film: a drama disguised as a comedy, with laughs that are undercut but sad truths.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 17, 2013
The ace in the hole is Groff, who fluidly slides between lip-curled sarcasm and teary-eyed vulnerability-he's the embodiment of the thrill and terror of being a not-so-little boy lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
What was very funny in print becomes serious and occasionally dour onscreen, with fewer laughs than you would expect from a Sedaris project.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 17, 2013
Despite Alvarez's good work with his actors, the oil of Sedaris's satirical characters and water of Alvarez's indie sensibilities, refuse to mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
Strong performances throughout and a pair of truly stellar ones make the flaws of C.O.G. easier to overlook and it continues to bolster the reputation of Alvarez as a notable young filmmaker worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Michael Dunaway
Paste Magazine
February 1, 2013
The characters are of tedious cardboard and are nearly without interest, wasting the considerable character talents of the likes of Dale Dickey and Dean Stockwell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/10
Chase Whale
January 25, 2013
Experience is the best teacher in Kyle Patrick Alvarez' riveting portrait of self-discovery, C.O.G.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Debruge
January 22, 2013
The source material may be David Sedaris (this marks the first time the essayist has allowed one of his pieces to be adapted), but the tone couldn't be more Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who once again steers auds to some gloriously uncomfortable places.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
Don't expect a rash of David Sedaris screen adaptations to be sparked by this bland effort.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 22, 2013
A compassionate light drama about the uneven path we all must take on the road to self-discovery, C.O.G. offers one lovely, heartfelt scene after another.
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