Dealing With Idiots Reviews

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2013
"Dealin' With Idiots," a sort of "Waiting for Guffman" for Little League, isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
July 19, 2013
Garlin's second feature is consistently sweet, funny and smart. Keep it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 19, 2013
Garlin's ultra-restrained approach suggests that attempting hilarity is sometimes a veiled defense mechanism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 18, 2013
To fully appreciate Dealin' with Idiots, the viewer must have some working knowledge of its writer/director/star Jeff Garlin. Or perhaps patience is a more accurate description.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andy Webster
New York Times
July 16, 2013
The results are amusing if predictably mild.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 16, 2013
Dealin' With Idiots is at its strongest when it forgets about plot ... altogether (which is most of the time) and gives itself over to the laid-back pleasure of improvisation among veteran professionals finding and exploring a good groove together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 9, 2013
Laid back, and a funny, veteran cast makes it feel improvised even if it isn't
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 19, 2013
[A] flat, aimless comedy skewering the parents of junior baseball players.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 18, 2013
The movie was largely improvised, which lends itself more to scenes than a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 18, 2013
There are a few inspired moments, but Garlin goes for easy laughs, and the actors' broad improvisations often fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2013
This isn't actually a movie about kiddie sports - it's a movie about Garlin interviewing the other parents and players to see if there's an interesting movie to be made at all. Answer: There isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 18, 2013
Much of Dealin' with Idiots feels improvised, which is okay when the actors are fully on their game. But here, perhaps the heat of the day and location or insufficiently precise direction have resulted in an awful lot of dead screen time.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
July 17, 2013
The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
The whole project is mean-hearted and lazy, and it dawdles in repetition and dead air as if it's got a 14-show TV season to spin out.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 16, 2013
Essentially an overlong, off-brand episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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July 16, 2013
A largely improvised ensemble piece about a comedian who decides that his son's Little League team would make an interesting subject for a movie. It doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Hank Sartin
RogerEbert.com
July 12, 2013
It's really an excuse to give a bunch of terrific actors a chance to riff in scenes that feel improvised. Unfortunately, the results feel shaggy and unstructured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2013
Surprise is the spark of laughter, which may explain why this seldom generates any.
Matt Pais
RedEye
July 11, 2013
There's not much point in making a film about how different and dumb people are without giving the judgmental, one-man Greek chorus his own legitimate comeuppance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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