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The Dirties (2013)



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When two best friends team up to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, the exercise takes a devastating turn when one of them begins to think of it as more than a joke. (c) Phase 4more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Evan Morgan, Josh Boles, Matt Johnson (LXXVII)
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Critic Reviews for The Dirties

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5)

Remarkable as much for its insights as for its audacity, "The Dirties" approaches school violence with a comic veneer that slowly shades into deep darkness.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A masterful blend of black humor and queasy dread ...

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In such a cluttered cultural space, it feels so startlingly fresh, urgent, honest and real.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It is to ripped-from-the-headlines movies what The Blair Witch Project was to horror movies.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Seven Days

From the brink of escaping high school, to swirling into a maelstrom The Dirties is the kind of film that will ruin you, but devastate so artfully that your faith in humanity is restored.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

The found footage genre at its most potent as a storytelling tool

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
The Popcorn Junkie

Audience Reviews for The Dirties


The Dirties is a complex fabric of fresh insights into school violence. Written, directed, and starring Matt Johnson, the film's title character is a social outcast and an aspiring filmmaker with very little actual talent. He decides one day to up his game by planning the most sensational climax to his newest film: killing those who he calls the "dirties," which is pretty much anyone who has bullied him throughout high school. Like Gus van Sant's masterpiece Elephant, The Dirties presents a series of vague reasons that forces the viewer to reflect on what could or could not have led to the character's decision to do what he does. Sure this is a topic that has been the subject of arguably one too many films, but it is still relevant, and The Dirties is above all a character study that unravels with a dark sense of humour and realism.
The high school students all feel like real people. They can't be easily classified into archetypes, which makes for an incredibly complex film. The insights into school bullying delve into territory that last year's documentary Bully seemed a little too scared to even tread. The Dirties is a strong directorial debut that might actually inspire some deep critical thinking and could certainly warrant more than one viewing.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Although praised by Kevin Smith and others as a must-see film, I don't see anything here that hasn't been covered off by other attempts to look at the psyches of shooters in school settings. I praise the Canadians involved in putting together a low budget well executed film but it would have been better to surprise the audience.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Well written and acted, The Dirties is unfortunately dead in the water thanks to the terrible execution - the use of found footage doesn't for one moment convince (nor play by its own rules with edits and non-diegetic sound).

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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