Putty Hill Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2011
"Putty Hill" transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 15, 2011
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.
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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.