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Groove (2000)

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56

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 22

Though high on energy and great techno tunes, Groove's characters and plotlines are too cliched to be engaging.

46

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

Though high on energy and great techno tunes, Groove's characters and plotlines are too cliched to be engaging.

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Following other indie films about the kinetic, drug-saturated rave culture such as Go (1999) and Human Traffic (1999) comes this ensemble movie, set in San Francisco. At the film's opening, the main characters are introduced at breakneck speed, including Leyla (Lola Glaudini) who recently arrived from New York, Neo-hippie Harmony (MacKenzie Firgens), who is celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend Colin (Denny Kirkwood), and Colin's nerdy brother David (Hamish Linklater), who would much

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Greg Harrison

Dec 5, 2000

Sony Pictures Classics

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If this movie achieves anything, it makes you realize how dull parties really are.

April 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A little bland, but it puts you in the mood to forgive it: relaxed and mellow and accepting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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Manages to both capture the spirit of a counterculture and reflect on the essentially conventional lives of those who lose themselves in the buzz.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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What's infectious about Groove is the friendly, almost innocent way that its brat pack of digital-age bohemians seek liberation in a world where there is nothing left to rebel against.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Like drug movies from the 1960s, it's naive, believing that the problems of the straight life can be solved by dropping out and tuning in.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Harrison's eye for detail paints a fairly vivid slice-of-life picture.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A Frankie and Annette picture for the rave crowd.

January 7, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

anything but a cautionary expose. In fact, it's almost an urban fairy tale.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A movie for those in love with the rave scene, and those who are just curious.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The fresh-faced cast of newcomers and edgy, restless camerawork make up for the script's inherent predictability.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Features plenty of blaring and thumping techno-pop tunes, but not much else.

April 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

The film's cast does little to offset Harrison's insecurity behind the camera.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Harrison is too serious about this milieu; he seems to be making the suggestion that kids really have found party nirvana this time.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room

Offers a look at the underground rave scene, providing an accurate picture of what one night must be like, but without giving any insight beyond the superficial.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Harrison has devised a series of mini-dramas which he inserts, in intercut fashion, within the overall structure of the rave, and it's here that his effort fizzles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This film seems a little sanitized.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A sweet-natured ode to rave culture saddled with a ridiculously clichéd plot line.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

With unreal characters that utter meaningless dialog, the movie drifts along on a drug-induced cloud of blissful shallowness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

In the process of enlightening the masses on the hipster party scene, Mr. Harrison forgot to make an interesting movie.

January 1, 2000
Palo Alto Weekly

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