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Sidewalls (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Sidewalls is a clever romantic comedy examining with charm how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of two of its residents. Taretto pays homage to the city of Buenos Aires as he reflects on how urban chaos, as well as new technologies, can unite people but also keep them apart (as the sidewalls of the title). Mixing animation, photography and graphic art he reveals the characters' isolation and anxieties that are a staple of modern life in a noisy city that nonetheless has an

Jun 26, 2012

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With its themes of alienation in the Internet age and cutesy indie-ish trimmings, the film will feel familiar to anyone who's seen a bittersweet romantic comedy from Sundance.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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The preordained story line is clear from the outset, yet Taretto's knack for engineering clever near-misses keeps us guessing about how and when the happy ending will arrive.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's hard to truly hate any movie whose ending revolves around a clever Where's Waldo? gag. It's also near impossible to take it seriously for that exact same reason.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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Leandro Martinez's eye-pleasing cinematography complements Taretto's literate script, although the Hollywood ending is jarring.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Smart, wordy and sweetly sympathetic to lives lived online, "Sidewalls" coasts on Martín and Mariana's twin voice-overs, alternate musings on themselves and their city.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A shrewd, intellectually playful rom-com that delivers the gooey goods...

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Medianeras may test your tolerance for cuteness, but it's an enchanting modern day fairy-tale cut from the same cloth as 500 Days of Summer and Punch-Drunk Love.

March 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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When a film lays all the cards on the table simply to appease the characters' neuroses and insecurities, it becomes self-congratulatory.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Of all of the recent films tipping their hat to Woody Allen's comedies of the 1970s-when he was, you know, funny-Sidewalls is by far the most sentimental and optimistic.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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A sweet, slight romance for the Internet age, Gustavo Taretto's debut feature is an appealing if low-key affair, distinguished by some beautifully fluid framing of a built-up Buenos Aires.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
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Audience Reviews for Sidewalls

Very witty romantic comedy. I highly recommend it.
April 18, 2014
Raajay

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Perfect!

"I'm convinced that separations, divorces, domestic violence,
the excess of cable TVstations, the lack of communication,
listlessness,apathy, depression, suicide, neuroses, panic attacks,
obesity, tenseness, insecurity, hypochondria, stress and a sedentary lifestyle are attributable to architects and builders. I suffer from all of these illnesses except suicide."
February 23, 2012
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