Idiots and Angels Reviews

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Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
December 19, 2010
...the punk rock of animated features: handmade, profane, challenging to the status quo, and occasionally ugly, yet groundbreaking.
Kam Williams
October 11, 2010
A delightful yarn revolving around an age-old showdown between good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 8, 2010
The dystopia conjured by Idiots and Angels, Mr. Plympton's sixth and best animated feature, suggests Toulouse-Lautrec by way of Charles Bukowski.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Kohn
October 6, 2010
Now in his early sixties, Plympton has made his most accomplished feature...his characters resemble images in motion rather than full-on animations, as if a Looney Tunes cartoon made love to a Ralph Steadman sketch.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 6, 2010
In some respects, Idiots and Angels shows legendary independent animator Bill Plympton at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 14, 2009
Seldom has a black heart been served up so vividly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
August 14, 2009
A dystopian commentary on humankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
August 14, 2009
Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 24, 2008
You're not going to come out of the movie a [Plympton] fan if you don't go in as one.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 25, 2008
I like to think Plympton would take it as a compliment if I said he sees human beings as little more than a debased sum of bodily functions.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 26, 2008
Although this is, in part, a darkly comic exploration of man's inhumanity to man, there is a current of optimism, flowing like the artwork, beneath the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
May 7, 2008
Good battles evil as a gun-running, booze-swilling, cigarette-puffing badass is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward salvation in Bill Plympton's slyly sardonic black comedy, his best animated feature to date.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 5, 2008
Beautifully creepy... Less concerned with gags than nimble storytelling and wide-screen aesthetics (every brooding corner of the frame is blotted in monochromatic noir hues), Plympton mines elegance from the utterly gonzo.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 11, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

National Post
January 1, 1800
| Original Score: 2/4
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