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
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.
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.
This hectoring visual style becomes particularly irritating in combination with his rigid social stereotyping.
Think of it as a coming-of-age story ten years too late.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
Comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.