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Passenger Side Reviews

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Passenger Side works through its angsty family-drama-oriented premise with a sarky script, a healthy sense of self-awareness and an amusingly deadpan performance from Adam Scott.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Here's one of those shuffling, slovenly American indies that can seem vain and inconsequential, or inviting and oddly profound, depending on the talent involved.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2011
Matthew Turner

Enjoyable, well directed indie road movie that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly moving, thanks to a sharply written, nicely observed script and pair of pitch-perfect performances from Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Passenger Side is strictly a chamber piece. That chamber just happens to be the bustling, visually diverse landscape of Los Angeles.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The siblings are a bit like Sense and Sensibility's Elinor and Marianne: quaint but somehow universal.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2011
Cath Clarke

Funnier and more intelligent than there are any grounds to hope for: an entertaining, wry tour of LA's scuzzier sights.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2011
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Bissonnette sidesteps the pitfalls of the indie road movie in some style.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2011
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine

A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 28, 2011
Tom Dawson
Total Film

There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the acting's credible and the wrap-up unexpected.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2011
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

If genre demands that this sort of story should finish in fraternal reconciliation and a never-ending horizon of happiness, Bissonnette prefers to brake and reverse - and the result, though surprising, feels all the more true to life.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

February 7, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2010
Brian Orndorf

It?s nothing ingenious, but those in the mood for a touch of visual poetry to their familial torment might find plenty to enjoy about this modest drama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

October 6, 2010
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

An intriguing and funny ride that doesn't hit you over the head trying to be one thing or another.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 30, 2010
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Simple and smart, Canadian director Matt Bissonnette's Passenger Side is what's known in theatre circles as a two-hander, a two-person play in which everything depends on dialogue and performance.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Bissonnette achieves a hypnotic effect with Passenger Side. L.A. slides by in a daze, at once inviting and threatening. Michael and Tobey are just two Canadian dreamers in a city where dreams often die.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2010
Anthony Quinn

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

April 1, 2011
Brent Simon
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May 15, 2012
Andrew Barker
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