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New York Times
May 2, 2013
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
Unspools like a Françoise Sagan novel: purposefully, enigmatically and with a raw emotional purity that makes its volatile central couple appear even more defenseless than they really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 25, 2013
Writer-director Amy Seimetz's oddly sunny film noir is a classic tale of young lovers on the run, reminiscent in tone of the darkly comic moments in Terrence Malick's "Badlands."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 25, 2013
Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 23, 2013
Seimetz hasn't quite figured out how to sustain long-form tension; by the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 22, 2013
This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2013
Although the film may not always be as aesthetically involving as better-budgeted productions, the performances are really the point, so by keeping focused on her actors Seimetz succeeds in making it all work.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 10, 2012
Captures the wildly flailing energy and exhausted torpor of grinding frustration as well as the flickering grace of stifled dreams.