Griff the Invisible Reviews

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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 25, 2011
Something clicks here. Physically as well as verbally, these kids are speaking their own language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2011
A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 19, 2011
A cheerfully offbeat Aussie take on superhero movies.
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
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2011
There's critical wit behind the appealingly eccentric romance on display in "Griff the Invisible" as it comically dismantles our superhero-worshiping culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
Though hardly ground-breaking, this whimsical Australian entry is just endearing enough to stand out from the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 18, 2011
Though the movie sounds perilously twee, "Griff the Invisible" works as a slice of emotional life for the most part because of its lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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+
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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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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.