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The Independent

The Independent (2001)

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67

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Movie Info

Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil Titler , is the focus for this mockumentary co-written and directed by Stephen Kessler). While Fineman struggles to make his latest effort, Ms. Kevorkian, about a gun-toting babe who's passionate about assisted-suicide, the bank wants to foreclose on his hallowed

R,

Comedy

Mike Wilkins, Stephen Kessler

Sep 30, 2003

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (19) | DVD (2)

When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Good but not great.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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While [Stiller] and everyone else look like they're having a great time working on a shoestring, their movie too often retells the same joke.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A mockumentary that is as endearing as it is silly.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Stiller should get an Oscar for his performance as Fineman and that's no joke. This is a role of a lifetime and Stiller relishes the opportunity.

August 16, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Really, truly, one of the funniest movies of the last decade.

November 11, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

has enough raw talent to elevate it above the usual mockufare

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Now this is what I'm talking about right here. We need more films like THIS!

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A lot of fun, thanks in no small part to the wonderfully over the top performance of Jerry Stiller

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Hollywood loves to satirize itself, wanting to reassure us it doesn't take itself too seriously. The Independent is worlds away from The Player (1992), but it's still one joke hammered over and over, hitting more often than missing.

July 5, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

It's cute and amiable, maybe easier to cherish if you don't recall Russ Meyer or Matinee or Ed Wood.

May 3, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Ranks right up there with Silver, John Waters' Cecil B. Demented and Christopher Guest's The Big Picture as terrific spoofs of the business of moviemaking.

May 2, 2002 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

Despite laughs, the movie only sporadically works.

May 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

So good-natured, its humor so loopy, and Fineman so charismatic in his crass way, that few film buffs will be able to resist its absurd charms.

April 26, 2002
Reel.com

If you're a tongue-in-cheek fan of bimbo-driven B-movies, The Independent should tickle your funny bone.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

All in all, it's a good omen for Kessler's future career.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The final and best joke of the film might be that a movie ostensibly spoofing a blowhard of an untalented hulk of a filmmaker is itself the product of the same.

April 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The press kit for the B-movie mockumentary The Independent is hilarious, sidesplitting, and leaps and bounds funnier than the awful film that the kit promotes.

March 29, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Independent

I think that Jerry Stiller has one of the best comedic performances ever here.
October 30, 2011
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Comedy with Jerry Stiller as a B-movie director known for his "interesting" films. When he decides he wants to make a new film about a serial killer's life he finds he's skint, so,along with the help of his daughter and long suffering assistant, he tries to get people's interest back into his work by trying to get a company to screen his films at a film festival. Obviously, this proves difficult due to a cult-ish, and limited audience.I have to admit, until i spotted this in a budget store the other day,i'd never heard of The Independent,but i was just about pleasantly suprised as this has some funny moments,the cast is good and its a pretty good story to. Not brilliant but pretty cool.
January 26, 2009
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