• Unrated, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Matthew Porterfield
    In Theaters:
    Feb 18, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 8, 2011
  • Cinema Guild


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Putty Hill Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

We are given a realistic impression of America's disenfranchised young.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 12, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
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This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 8, 2011
Tom Dawson
Total Film

There are moments of lyrical beauty and Porterfield never patronises his subjects, but a sense of tranquilised resignation dominates.

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

July 6, 2011
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

American indie film has been lost in the murk of the mumblecore student scene recently but with Putty Hill, I felt a real thrill that something new is stirring.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

June 19, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The originality here lies in the fact that the unseen director, Matt Porterfield, armed with his camera, asks them about their feelings.

Full Review Source: This is London

June 17, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

Matt Porterfield's docu-realist indie drama is a tough, demanding watch - but also a rewarding one.

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

June 16, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Place: Baltimore. Style: mumblecore.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Porterfield's rejection of obvious irony makes this not only a warm film, but one which shows the real face of America's poor, young and disenfranchised.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2011
Mike Scott

It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With "Putty Hill," Porterfield joins the company of American indie directors Ramin Bahrani and Kelly Reichardt, filmmakers often compelled to seek out everyday souls in their textured, oh-so quotidian environs.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It looks closely, burrows deep, considers the way in which lives have become pointless and death therefore less meaningful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

April 15, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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"Putty Hill" transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 7, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A creative and risky blend of a character-driven drama and a documentary about some alienated working-class people in a slummy suburb of Baltimore.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Matt Porterfield's moody, elliptical fusion of fiction and documentary, slips back and forth between the forms with a stealth that dissolves one into the other.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 18, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A quietly wrenching art film shot like a documentary, "Putty Hill" is a deeply felt evocation of a place and a people by writer-director Matt Porterfield...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 18, 2011
Chris Cabin

unquestionably the best American film I've seen thus far this year

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 17, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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This is a movie about the casual ways people know each other, even when their relationships are hard to explain-or perhaps even justify.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

February 17, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Whether it's the joyously impromptu screech of a surprised girl or the dead-end escape that concludes the film, Putty Hill's slice of life is bittersweet indeed.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 17, 2011
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine

As with the nod to skating culture, Porterfield reclaims cheesy pop-culture detritus to illuminate his characters' need for escape.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Sharing the narrative opacity and marginal milieu of its 2006 predecessor, Hamilton, this assured feature-length follow-up from Matt Porterfield surveys the effects of a young man's overdose death on his extended working-class family.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 15, 2011
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