Home-movie-like document of a disastrous film production offers a few laughs.
A delightful tale of filmmaking woe.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Why does Kofman, who co-directs with Tanner King Barklow, insist upon making the movie mostly about himself? He gets into nearly every frame, often in closeup.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It is surprisingly boring to watch a movie being made, on the set or off, and a beleaguered production is not necessarily an exception.
| Original Score: 2/5
All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot ...
It's a cautionary tale of sorts, but the story is so strange it is often not clear exactly what it's cautioning us against.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mostly, it's just a sloppy account of a doomed-to-fail endeavor in which Kaufman retroactively feigns naivete about an assignment with too many obvious red flags.
Unmade in China is nominally about filmmaking, but what Kofman and Barklow do well is to use their unusual position within the Chinese state machine to make a thinly veiled movie about politics.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
[It] becomes an onsite mouthpiece for a pouting, passive-aggressive filmmaker who desperately needs an outlet.
| Original Score: B-