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nbt: Never Been Thawed

nbt: Never Been Thawed (2005)

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58

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

Pokes fun at the obsessive personalities that make up peculiar American subcultures, but misses its targets too often to be more than merely passable.

55

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5

Pokes fun at the obsessive personalities that make up peculiar American subcultures, but misses its targets too often to be more than merely passable.

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Shawn has been collecting frozen dinners since he was twelve. Today he works part-time as a dental hygienist to cover the cost of operating fourteen full-sized freezers in a one bedroom apartment. Shawn is the founder of the Mesa Frozen Entrée Enthusiasts' Club, a small group of fanatical collectors determined to host the world's first Frozen Entrée Enthusiasts' Convention. Shelly became infatuated with Shawn and joined the club after seeing him sing with his band. In a shameless bid for money

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Jan 17, 2006

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What we're left with is a movie filled with cultural gags that mock without achieving the level of good satire. Sometimes, alas, being funny just isn't enough.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Never Been Thawed displays moments of cleverness but not enough to sustain its feature-length running time.

October 28, 2005
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Wickedly funny and subversive.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Never Been Thawed has no stylistic flair and little forward momentum, yet nearly every scene contains an amusing bit of business, much of it off to the side of the main action.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Painfully unfunny.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Satire requires a lighter touch and less reliance on vulgar language for shock effect.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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You've heard about geeks who collect all sorts of weird things, but frozen TV dinners?

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The jokes are all the same joke, and it wears thin over the course of 80 minutes.

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This is an often hilarious and painfully on-target mockumentary about people who are pulled into special interest cults like "Star Trek" or, in this case, frozen entree fandom.

November 10, 2005 Full Review
Mark Leeper's Reviews

When the film works, it works well, and there should be enough novel material to satisfy fans of the mockumentary subgenre.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's just hilarious enough to overcome its limitations -- and even, occasionally, make them part of its unforgiving worldview.

October 14, 2005
Los Angeles Daily News

The Hungry Man deluxe of frozen entree mocumentaries, Anders and LeVinus break the seal on freshness with the sleeper slacker comedy of the year.

October 14, 2005
Monsters and Critics

Think twice before sampling this lukewarm fare.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Like a torturously long, slapdash joke delivered by a snarky Sunday school student determined to piss off his devout elders.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

NBT: Never Been Thawed works your funny bone like a speed bag for its entire 87-minute running time.

September 23, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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