• Unrated, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Andrew Wagner
    In Theaters:
    Jun 11, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 7, 2006


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The Talent Given Us Reviews

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Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The unwashed talent and originality of "The Talent Given Us" makes it a compelling and fascinating film.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 1, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The result is a funny and sometimes touching docu-comedy, sort of like watching your parents if they were in the middle of a Woody Allen movie.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2005
Damon Smith
Time Out New York
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Faux documentary, home movie or unexpurgated family therapy? The Talent Given Us, a funny, surprising ride with a mercurial New York clan, is all three.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

October 13, 2005
Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

[A] one-of-a-kind movie that sends the family road-trip genre happily spinning into these self-obsessed, overanalytical times; it's National Lampoon's Vacation as re-imagined by Dr. Phil.

| Original Score: B+

October 13, 2005
Ray Pride

Andrew Wagner's deeply original, awe-inspiring The Talent Given Us defies classification, another mongrel marvel traducing the boundaries of documentary and fiction.

Full Review Source: Newcity

October 13, 2005
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Deftly embraces some of the trademarks of documentary and cinema verité (using handheld cameras and non-actors, and shooting all on location) to effectively blur fact and fiction.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

October 13, 2005
Shauna Lyon
New Yorker
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The notion that there is no escape from one's family is elevated-and ameliorated-by the inkling that the Wagners' story is, in fact, real.

October 13, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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What initially seems hard to watch, even excruciating at times, becomes hard not to, a fascinating fiction that seems to be more real than just about any actual documentary you can imagine.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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If you enjoy HBO's cult hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this bawdy, heartbreaking, deeply discomfiting mockumentary.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A brave, funny, affecting film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 29, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A work of inspired, embarrassingly hilarious, uncomfortable fiction.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's tough to describe The Talent Given Us, which is why it's fascinating.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

travels to some very unexpected places with its warts and all dissection of a family dynamic

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

August 30, 2005
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine

The Talent Given Us is disarming in its fearless confrontation with mortality and the perpetual quest for nothing less than life.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 21, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's fiction -- but it's fiction with the cutting edge of truth. It's so funny, it hurts.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

The rhythm is that of a Christopher Guest mockumentary, and the acting is a near-perfect match.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

July 28, 2005
Timothy Knight

After awhile, you start feeling as if you've been cooped up with the Upper West Side's answer to 'The Bickersons' for way too long. Yet in the end, The Talent Given Us represents a highly original filmmaking debut for Wagner.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...confounding, funny, horrifying, and eventually irresistibly absorbing.

June 30, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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The Talent Given Us appalls as much as it entertains.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 30, 2005

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