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
Marc Mohan
October 1, 2013
A coming-of age story with specific touches but a universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
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
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
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-
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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
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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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
Eric Kohn
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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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-
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
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
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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