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Otto; or Up with Dead People Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 5, 2008
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.
Don Willmott
February 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
November 1, 2008
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.
Jeremy Heilman
February 15, 2009
Concessions to the audience's expectations certainly make Otto a more palatable viewing experience, but they also make it seem less dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
Moviegoers with a LaBruce fetish will appreciate another imaginative offering from the filmmaker. Mainstream audiences should stay far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 7, 2008
LaBruce devotees will be tickled pink; others will be perplexed and/or disgusted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
January 28, 2008
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.
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 10, 2008
Some have described this as more cohesive than most Bruce La Bruce movies, but it's still sophomoric junk.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 5, 2008
LaBruce's film is such a riot of conflicting information and signifying styles that inner logic never really gets a grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Film Threat
January 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2008
For a movie with this many ideological loose ends, Otto comes up with a convincingly sweet resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Zombies don't ever take bubble baths, not even gay zombies.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008
A genuinely touching horror-porn movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
November 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
July 29, 2011
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."
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2008
Otto deliriously intermingles sex and entrails but is also imaginative and witty
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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