Touchy Feely Reviews

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Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
The result is a disjointed and inconsequential film whose chakras are in urgent need of realignment.
Mark Rozeman
Paste Magazine
September 5, 2013
Shelton's brand of low-budget, improv-heavy relationship dramedies lends itself well to a quick turnaround. It's only natural then that such an output would inevitably lead to the occasional misstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
September 6, 2013
There's a great movie somewhere inside Touchy Feely desperately trying to swim to the surface, but its obscurity also comes with an inarticulateness that robs it of its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 5, 2013
What we have here is a film that is so light and airy that there is a very good chance that you will forget it as it's playing on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
September 4, 2013
There's no reason so many strong components should add up to so little.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 23, 2013
Save for a star turn from veteran character actor Josh Pais, Lynn Shelton's latest is pretty much dead on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Violet Lucca
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
Just as tedious as waiting in a dentist's office for an hour and a half, Lynn Shelton's latest fumblingly cutesy outing ought to be her last.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
September 3, 2013
Like her characters, Shelton doesn't know what to do when things actually happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 6, 2013
The kind of film that makes you wish they had perfected choose-your-own-adventure technology for movies, one that would allow you to ditch the central character and follow any number of the story's more interesting second bananas.
Jeremy Kay
Guardian
January 22, 2013
Shelton's migration towards more clear-cut drama is hampered by uneven tone and, most damning of all, dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
November 25, 2013
"Touchy Feely" is light entertainment and well-acted. But, beyond that, pretty shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 3, 2013
Through the semi-improvised style Lynn Shelton likes, her actors perhaps are truly uncertain what to say or do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
Shelton's oh-so-slight veer toward whimsy and artifice this time turns her previous strengths into weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 5, 2013
Doesn't see its themes through to the end, leaving the effort dangling in the wind, unsatisfying and needlessly drained of depth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Allan Hunter
The List
May 13, 2014
It has moments that are vaguely amusing or mildly insightful but more often it feels sluggish and insubstantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 16, 2014
Everything feels sketchy and unformed in a film with promising elements that fail to gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 11, 2013
Despite its hints of New Age mysticism and serviceable performances from an able cast, Touchy Feely is too entrenched in its dour tone to be uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
May 13, 2014
One of the dangers of going for intimate is ending up inward-looking. Such is the problem facing writer/director Lynn Shelton's modest dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 15, 2014
Decent performances, but the film as a whole is a dramatic and thematic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
Film Threat
February 16, 2013
The twosome and threesome of Shelton's past becomes six individuals, each dealing with an aversion to emotional and physical contact to such an extent that, by the end, it may be hard for the viewer to feel much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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