Griff the Invisible Reviews

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Sam Adams
Time Out
August 17, 2011
Ford has come up with a nifty way of exploring the enduring allure and troubling underside of the superhero myth. It's just too bad his own all-too-human powers aren't quite up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 18, 2011
The little glimpses of everyday magic on offer here are lovely, from a "universe suit" to a porous apartment door, but they're not enough to hang a film or a life on.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 18, 2011
While there's a lot to like about this oddball Australian black comedy, they don't add up to the kind of crowd-pleasing three-act adventure this clearly should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
March 17, 2011
It is a frail little bird of movie, so reluctant to spread its wings you wonder if it will take flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 2, 2011
I'd take 10 more Green Lanterns over one more wannabe-superhero flick.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 19, 2011
Sits on the screen like a steaming lump of Kryptonite.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
August 16, 2011
An Australian misfits-in-love story manufactured from whole quirk, Griff the Invisible is more mannerism than movie.
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
The touches of magical realism begin to feel gimmicky. By the final frame, this romance never feels real enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2011
It tries too hard to be eccentric, kooky. So hard, it can be downright annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 19, 2011
It's a movie that works so hard to be quirky it fails to get us onside with the main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Singer
IFC.com
September 5, 2011
I'm all for ambiguity in films, but it doesn't feel like writer/director Leon Ford left Griff and his underlying issues vague on purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 16, 2011
Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2011
A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.
Blake French
Filmcritic.com
August 18, 2011
a boring, aimless installment into the rapidly growing subgenre of quirky superhero comedies
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2011
You get the idea that the filmmaker is leaning a little too heavily on the quirkiness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 16, 2011
This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point - though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 19, 2011
Something about this feature never ignites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2011
First-time director Leon Ford has the Australian shaggy dog comedy style down pat; now he just needs an empowering idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 2, 2011
Griff seems a little too psychologically damaged to laugh at. On the other hand, for a drama, his behavior is way too silly to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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