O'Grady is miraculous, but "Rid of Me" is more ordinary stuff.
| Original Score: B-
The beginning may have you wanting to bolt, but stick around, like its heroine does, and you'll be surprised by and drawn into this director's sick but quite relatable vision.
Comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a bittersweet ode to downward mobility and letting go that's a throwback to a time when slackerdom was more of a lifestyle choice than something forced upon you by grim economic realities.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Think of it as a coming-of-age story ten years too late.
| Original Score: 3/5
Director James Westby breathes life in the suburban satire (hipsters don't come off that well either) and also brings a caffeinated jolt to micro-budget Northwestern filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bracingly original, alarming and droll, the righteously ribald Rid of Me should prove a breakthrough for helmer James Westby and his producer and leading lady, Katie O'Grady.
This hectoring visual style becomes particularly irritating in combination with his rigid social stereotyping.
O'Grady is very good, but she can't make the hard-to-watch Rid of Me dramatically credible.
| Original Score: 2/4
Unconvincing tale of self-empowerment has attitude and anxiety but nothing underneath.
Westby's nervy story is like "Desperately Seeking Susan" played straight. Let's hope O'Grady's next film meets this one's potential.
| Original Score: 2/5
"Rid of Me" is a dud.
| Original Score: D
Rid of Me is a bad movie, but at least it's a flailing, innocent badness.
At once hopelessly amateurish and given to desperate assertions of auterist "virtuosity", the film seems as lost as its perpetually confused and gratingly childlike protagonist.
| Original Score: .5/4