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Garmento

Garmento (2003)

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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Writer/director Michele Maher makes her feature debut with the satirical black comedy Garmento. Set in the garment district in N.Y.C. during the early '90s, fashion rookie Grindy Malone (Katie MacNichol) gets a job as an assistant to Ronnie Grossman (David Thornton), executive for Poncho Ramirez Inc. She meets the other industry players, including haughty Franca Fortuna (Saundra Santiago), assistant Rimi Stone (Gretchen Cleevely), flamboyant Jasper Judson (Jason Butler Harner), and designer

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Drama, Comedy

Michele Maher

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Garmento has nothing going for it.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As a satire, Garmento is toothless. As a comedy, it's funny only in spurts.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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This shaky satire set in New York's garment district is consistently undone by an inconsistency of tone and less-than-assured directing and acting.

July 4, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite MacNichol's sneaky verve and Thornton's sly subtlety the lead characters swiftly fade and shrink.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Maher's feature debut has amusing moments, but falls apart as quickly as a cheap knockoff.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A toothless, dated Seventh Avenue satire with shaky script, direction and acting.

June 5, 2003
New York Post
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In her three years in the garment industry, Maher may have learned her way around a sewing room but she picked up nothing about a movie set.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Maher in her debut as a director/writer does a good job showing why garmento is a derogatory term for the industry that has such a checkered past.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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At times, Garmento looks like the real deal, but underneath the label, it's just another designer rip-off.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

One of the most real exposés of this seamy biz you will ever see.

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Strong in dialogue and atmosphere, keeping the viewer interested in what is going to happen to these characters.

June 9, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

Without an assured character at its center, the movie quickly collapses in a heap of moldy clichés and contrived (and not especially funny) situations.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite an excellent start, great characters, and a perfect niche mood, Garmento never fully capitalizes on its potential.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Writer/director Maher has told her tale well, and the end result is a Mahogeny for the turn of the century (without the bad music or the nervous breakdowns).

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What is Garmento but a lame approximation of sexier and deadlier works like Altman's The Player?

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Edgy, often humorous satire about the New York rag trade.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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