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Otto; or Up with Dead People Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Zombies don't ever take bubble baths, not even gay zombies.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Brandon Judell

Its metaphorical examination of the plight of queer zombies in Germany is readymade for former LaBruce fans. Get ready for copulation with a hole in the stomach and such memorable quotes as "I was a zombie with an identity crisis."

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

July 29, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Otto deliriously intermingles sex and entrails but is also imaginative and witty

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, Otto is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2008
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

For a movie with this many ideological loose ends, Otto comes up with a convincingly sweet resolution.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2008
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

When the viscera and seminal fluids are cleared away, there is something less flagrant but more durable resembling a beating heart inside this bloody stump of a movie -- a coded message to do with loneliness and loss.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 31, 2008

Bruce La Bruce's latest offering is a deadly affair of heavily politicized metaphors that overflows with imagination, angst and a smattering of good old fashioned porn.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 2, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A genuinely touching horror-porn movie.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Jeremy Heilman

Concessions to the audience's expectations certainly make Otto a more palatable viewing experience, but they also make it seem less dangerous.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 40/100

February 15, 2009
Don Willmott

Sadly, this is one of those moments where I have to scan my reviewer's list of dismissive nouns to come up with the perfect word to describe this mess. Ah, yes, here it is: claptrap.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 11, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Moviegoers with a LaBruce fetish will appreciate another imaginative offering from the filmmaker. Mainstream audiences should stay far, far away.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 16, 2009
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

LaBruce's film is such a riot of conflicting information and signifying styles that inner logic never really gets a grip.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

Some have described this as more cohesive than most Bruce La Bruce movies, but it's still sophomoric junk.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 10, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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LaBruce devotees will be tickled pink; others will be perplexed and/or disgusted.

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

November 7, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Calling a zombie movie lifeless is bad enough. But when the charge is leveled at a gay zombie movie by Bruce LaBruce, queer cinema's most radical fairy, the disappointment cuts that much deeper.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

November 5, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Campy but not comical, reactionary but not very clever, LaBruce's film is best saved for those tickled by the sight of homo-zombie orgies or the hardcore penetration of an open wound.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 5, 2008
Prairie Miller

Veers between raw zombie cuisine, raw gay porn, high calorie sex that includes entrails-devouring as foreplay, and cranky anti-establishment rants against advanced capitalism. Not to mention that it's hard out there for a zombie too.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 1, 2008

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 29, 2008
Justin Chang
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Canadian queer-cinema provocateur Bruce LaBruce continues his trademark blend of sexual explicitness and shoddy technique with his numbing necro-porno, Otto; or, Up With Dead People.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 28, 2008
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