Terri Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Lest you think that you've already seen every possible variation on the outsider-nerd story, Terri keeps plenty of surprises up its pit-stained sleeves.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 19, 2011
Jacob Wysocki infuses his performance in the title role with precisely that same duality, turning Terri into an oversized portrait of adolescence -- so naive yet so wise, strangely believable and believably strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2011
Its charms feel somewhat calculated, but this reflective tale of outsider solitude has enough humor and poignancy to win admirers.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 19, 2011
A sweet and subtle comedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 5, 2011
Terri may be strange, but it's a good, heartfelt strange that resonates long after the film ends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2011
[An] emotionally acute indie comedy by Azazel Jacobs.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2011
Like its title character, an obese high-school misfit who wears pajamas to school because they're comfortable, Terri grows on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2011
"Terri" is almost an anti-teen-coming-of-age teen-coming-of-age movie. And it's terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2011
Jacobs deftly handles the story's many moods, painting a picture of youth as a crazy, tragicomic time when even a wounded caregiver can make a world of difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2011
"Terri" is a challenging but rewarding throwback to a time when independent films weren't just stepping stones on the road to Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 22, 2011
Jacobs and talented cinematographer Tobias Datum once again do a deft job conveying the texture of a home, this time the unkempt, jammed warren Terri shares with his Uncle James.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 21, 2011
Much of the movie's success rests on the ample shoulders of Jacob Wysocki, who finds a sweet guileless spot as the title character.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 21, 2011
A hit-and-miss affair with some scenes and relationships ringing true and others drowning in a deep pool of artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 21, 2011
Wysocki is a genuine talent, as is Jacobs, but the subject of "Terri" remains a pleasant blur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2011
Movies about high school misfits are common; this is an uncommon one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 15, 2011
"Terri" turns out to be a small masterpiece of misdirection, a winsome, utterly unpredictable portrait of adolescence that flawlessly captures its cruelty and sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 14, 2011
If you've sworn off movies about adolescent misfits, I don't blame you, but make an exception for "Terri."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
"Terri" sounds like a very sad film, and indeed it is; made more poignant by the quiet honesty of Wysocki's performance. But it's a wise film as well, populated by characters who seem utterly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 14, 2011
Can you stand one more quirky, low-budget independent movie about a high school castaway? If it's from Azazel Jacobs, maybe you should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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July 5, 2011
A tender, heartfelt character study from director Azazel Jacob.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 3, 2011
"Terri" is both winning and strange, sympathetic and genuinely scary.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2011
Reilly does well with his tenderhearted martinet routine, but the film makes him out to be as harried in his own way as the kids he's trying to help.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2011
Wysocki has a grave dignity as Terri, even as the brats around him are grabbing at his body or whispering insults in his ear, but it's John C. Reilly who truly shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
If one performance could tilt a movie the direction it needs to go, John C. Reilly's expertly left-of-center turn in "Terri" is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2011
An overweight loner, a goofy sidekick, the school siren -- you can write the script yourself, all about an insecure teenager adrift in a sea of adolescent anguish, blahblahblah. And yet, that's not quite what happens.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2011
A lovely lyrical ode to high school misfits and the adults they grow into.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 1, 2011
It takes far too long to get going, and it doesn't have much of an ending. For quite a while in between, though, it's a tender little portrait of teen fragility...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 30, 2011
What lifts "Terri" above its peers is not the plight of its protagonist or the film's sympathy for him, but rather the care and craft that the director, Azazel Jacobs, has brought to fairly conventional material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 30, 2011
DeWitt's script is much better than anything Jacobs has worked on before, with a story that gets richer as it goes...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 29, 2011
All three young performers are strong here, but Wysocki especially never seems like he's "acting" during these scenes of adolescent drama. He just is.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 29, 2011
A movie that could terrify parents while charming them with its compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
The cast is spirited, the premise is honest, and the direction is sufficiently skillful to obscure most of the platitudes inherent in the material.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 27, 2011
"Terri" works, not least because, against expectation, it is a beautiful movie to look at, with an enchanted sense of place.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
February 4, 2011
Terri is largely pointless, and while pointlessness isn't necessarily a bad thing in a comedy, it must be accompanied by, well, comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 24, 2011
The helmer's style, which finds poetry in cluttered, overgrown environments and potentially embarrassing situations, is perfectly suited to the material.