Fairhaven Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 20, 2013
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 16, 2013
Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Levin
amNewYork
January 11, 2013
Tom O'Brien smartly stresses realistic, submerged feelings instead of overwrought dramatics in his low-key portrait of friendship and all its complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 11, 2013
Great visuals, chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 10, 2013
[A] beautifully acted, directed and edited little slice of New England life ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 10, 2013
It has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns "Fairhaven" into an inviting place to visit.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
January 7, 2013
With Fairhaven, O'Brien makes an understated, confident entrée into feature filmmaking, mining male relationships to poignant effect in his ... debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2012
Newcomer Tom O'Brien shows promise in this mellow drama about three buddies from small-town coastal Massachusetts.
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
January 30, 2013
It's difficult to dislike Fairhaven, because it is a promising, earnest effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 11, 2013
The cliché-infested script ... is long on booze-filled confessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 10, 2013
While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 10, 2013
O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 10, 2013
"Not overwritten" can easily shade into "underwritten," which is the case with Fairhaven.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 9, 2013
Its insights are slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2013
The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
January 9, 2013
Indies don't come blander than writer/director Tom O'Brien's Fairhaven ...
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