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Red Flag (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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A laugh-out-loud road trip comedy, starring writer/director Alex Karpovsky ("Girls," TINY FURNITURE) as Alex Karpovsky, a newly-single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend (Onur Tukel) to promote one of his films. As the pair travels from one half-empty theater to the next, pursued by an adoring fan (Jennifer Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle, Alex-as-Alex is forced to suffer an endless series of humiliations, each one more absurd than

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Alex Karpovsky picks at a navel better left ungazed.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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In an era when awkwardness is the new self-confidence, the director manages to be palpably neurotic without trying too hard.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If it's all reasonably familiar indie-comedy terrain, it's delivered at a brisk, economical clip with plenty of laughs, and a series of running gags that keep getting funnier.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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If only "Red Flag" were funnier and tighter and had a sharper idea about what it means to blur the lines between self-interrogation and self-absorption.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Karpovsky's anxiety-ridden shtick here combines the crippling doubt and self-loathing of many Woody Allen protagonists with the obnoxious solipsism of Larry David.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Owing a debt to Albert Brooks' early comedies, "Red Flag" might be too much if it weren't just right.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Starring roles in two of his own micro-budget indie films suggest a future that won't involve lattes or Lena Dunham.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
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It surprisingly abandons its obvious meta elements and unfolds as a straightforward road-trip flick, opting for an exhibition of self-loathing rather than self-reflexivity.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Modest, personal, and nicely proportioned, Red Flag resembles one of Hong Sang-soo's self-reflexive doodles about relationships and filmmaking-Oki's Movie, in particular-and it wisely doesn't take too big a bite.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This could be a recipe for excessive self-indulgence, but the meta quality of "Red Flag" is entirely irrelevant to its low key charm and persistent irreverence -- anchored, as always, by Karpovsky's loopy screen presence.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Karpovsky is an engaging screen presence, doing comic artistic neurosis in "Red Flag"..an explosion of work from an intriguing filmmaker.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Establishes Karpovsky as the Woody Allen of the digital media generation: As he presents himself here, he is as self-absorbed as Allen, but his comfort with new technology results in a lo-fi video diary that the perfectionist Allen would eschew.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...your tolerance for Karpovsky himself, who has appeared in several Lena Dunham projects, will determine your appreciation; based on an informal survey, I find him more amusing than most.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

When Red Flag really hits its stride, which happens somewhat late in its second act, it becomes the film it should be through and through -- a funny, well-observed, keenly acted feature about drama, trauma, and second chances.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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