• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Keith Bearden
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 16, 2011
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Meet Monica Velour Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Meet Monica Velour is a cruel movie. It's also cruelly unfunny.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

April 3, 2011
Tim Grierson
Screen International

Despite a sympathetic performance from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, there simply isn't much life or surprise in this tepid indie.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 6, 2011
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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From dirty-movie parodies to the achieving of one's misfit dreams, Keith Bearden's coming-of-age dramedy adheres to the flaccidest of formulas.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 6, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[A] herky-jerky story.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Blessed with a promising concept for a dark comedy, "Meet Monica Velour" would rather tug heartstrings or script repetitive behavior from derivative characters.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

August 4, 2011
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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The result is unbalanced by cartoonish flourishes -- Ingram's performance being the chief offender -- that overpower Cattrall's subtler character work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 6, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Watching Tobe circle the drain in an open-mouthed daze, like some sort of unwanted goldfish, is absolutely no fun at all.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 10, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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You really come away wishing Cattrall could take this character to a more serious film. Who better to show the flip side of beauty?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

April 15, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Had first-time director Keith Bearden been as devoted to keeping Meet Monica Velour on track as he did to coming up with punderful porn flick names, he could have had a satisfying dark comedy on his hands.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2011
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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In some ways this film's biggest failing is that it can't decide whose story it is telling, his or hers.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Harmless coming-of-age stuff, but you've seen it all a million times.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Coming-of-age awfulness.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 8, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Dustin Ingram is a Jon Heder-wannabe, which is not something that anyone should want to be.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 11, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The role of a former star of the ''golden age'' of porn sounds perfect for Kim Cattrall, and she handles it nicely - at least, in the rare moments when this indie comedy isn't terminally contrived.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

April 15, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Pretty good performance, awfully lame movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2011
Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com

From a plot standpoint, there isn't much that's remarkable about it, yet its two central figures are so honestly drawn that they make up for any predictability along the way.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2011
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

I could have lived a thousand life times blissfully unaware of what Brian Dennehy's flabby ass cheeks look like, but these are the occupational risks.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

April 15, 2011
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine

Beautifully acted, it's a tender love story with one or two belly laughs.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Kim Cattrall takes on older female sexuality on screen, in her provocative as usual new role as a struggling single mom and sex worker, in this self-described male feminist directed movie. And playing female degradation raw, with surprising dignity.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

April 7, 2011
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Cattrall does what she does best, pushing boundaries unapologetically. And there's not a hint of lewd intentions, but plenty of saucy satire surrounding US culture's sexual contradictions, in a geek's determined fantasy romance bypassing cougar labels.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

December 31, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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