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C.O.G. Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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-
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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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
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.