C.O.G. Reviews

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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.
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
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
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
Eric D. Snider
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
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
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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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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
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
It feels deeply limited.
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.
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
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-
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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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-
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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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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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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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
This America takes some getting used to.
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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
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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