• Fay Grim
    2 minutes 56 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Fay Grim Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Shows Hartley shrinking even as he goes global

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Slyly, almost imperceptibly comedic, Fay Grim is indeed a film by Hal Hartley, who wrote, directed, edited and scored the film. But it's also Parker Posey's film

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 14, 2009
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

Without a good quality story, all the eccentricity is just window dressing.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 4/10

August 23, 2008
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com

Hartley pretzels his faux spy plot into "Syriana"-like knots and ends up with a fascinating if somewhat flawed absurdist romp.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2008
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The nicest surprise of the movie is how long and how well Fay Grim works as a contemporary screwball comedy, a genre from which Hartley's diffuse yet severe sense of irony would seem to disbar him.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 3, 2008
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Posey's fans will love her performance, even if they have a little trouble following the rather contrived adventure ... which is so talky, it's tiresome.

| Original Score: C+

August 22, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

FAY GRIM turns out to be something of a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

July 14, 2007
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

Luckily, there is Hartley's immense wit to carry it through, but wit can be a dangerous gift, especially when the capacity to be clever overwhelms all else.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

July 10, 2007
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

It's odd, endearing and weirdly funny for an hour, and after that it's a bit of a self-conscious mess.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

June 23, 2007
Stax
IGN Movies

Overall, though, Fay Grim only occasionally connects with the viewer. It is a film so caught up in its own cleverness and cheekiness that -- despite the solid work by its cast -- it forgets to make you truly care about its characters.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2007
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly

The story is deliberately perplexing, and while the logic of the serpentine narrative surely makes sense, Hartley is more concerned with the cadences and rhythms of the spy movie itself.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

June 14, 2007
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Nothing short of a comic feast.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Fay Grim" is the most inarticulate and grueling of all Hal Hartley's films, and a complete waste of time.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

June 7, 2007
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

A stunningly abysmal sequel to 1998's very interesting Henry Fool. Even the appealing Posey can do little to redeem this totally misguided, convoluted disaster.

| Original Score: 1/10

June 3, 2007
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders

In the end, it turns out to be an interesting film, but it takes forever to work up enough steam.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2007

Oy Fay! Starts out a winner but takes a left turn in Europe and turns out pretty Grim.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 30, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Fay Grim is less concerned with the details of contemporary spy-craft and global deception than with broader moral questions.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

May 30, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Movie sequels rarely work as well as literary serials, but the Henry and Fay movies have the ring of a satisfying trilogy in the making.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2007
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Hartley has been on a spotty run; his last film to get a proper theatrical release in Portland was made nearly a decade ago. But he recovers nicely with this witty, crackpot comedy about love, espionage, trust and secrecy.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

May 25, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The involved backstory and Hartley's own generic music both prove burdensome; the main attraction is the cast's amusing way of handling Hartley's mannerist dialogue and conceits.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 25, 2007
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