Putty Hill Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 5, 2012
Porterfield's ingenious structural choices and the film's exemplary sense of place... [are] only enough to make the film tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
August 8, 2011
Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 17, 2011
Imagine Gummo without the bizarre humor and you have Putty Hill.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 13, 2011
The fatal misstep, I think, is his decision to ask the characters questions from off camera, documentary style, so characters look directly into the camera to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
While this film could win some kind of award for getting the most out of a limited budget, the low budget of the film is a handicap that isn't fully overcome. It is an experimental film that works part of the time and fails part of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Armond White
New York Press
February 16, 2011
Gnomic imagery like this is an arty-artifice, based in sociological condescension.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
February 17, 2011
In its low-key way, Putty Hill effectively shows how tragedy can unite young people that are otherwise disconnected from their community. Watching it though, I too often felt disconnected from the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2011
It looks closely, burrows deep, considers the way in which lives have become pointless and death therefore less meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 27, 2011
It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 7, 2011
Digs deep beneath the surface of the quiet doings of everyday people to get at the solid roots that bind them to one another and to home.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 15, 2011
Place: Baltimore. Style: mumblecore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2011
We are given a realistic impression of America's disenfranchised young.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
August 8, 2011
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.
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 17, 2011
unquestionably the best American film I've seen thus far this year
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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