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Waydowntown (2000)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Office workers existing in varying states of disgruntlement/insanity, Tom, Sandra, Randy, and Curt bet a month's salary to see who can stay indoors the longest. Since their office is located in a downtown area, where almost all of the buildings are connected by a system of glass-enclosed bridges, this doesn't seem like such a difficult proposition. However, the longer they stay indoors, the stranger things get. Waydowntown, which was screened at the 2000 Vancouver International Film Festival,


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Gary Burns, James Martin

Mar 15, 2005

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The film's snags and stumblings are more than compensated for by its wryly subversive tone.

April 5, 2002
Boston Globe
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Dilbert without the right-on satiric humor.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A well-put-together piece of urban satire.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Burns never really harnesses to full effect the energetic cast.

January 25, 2002
New York Post
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A smart, sardonic satire.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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With wit and empathy to spare, waydowntown acknowledges the silent screams of workaday inertia but stops short of indulging its characters' striving solipsism.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A subtly brilliant satire.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

The perfect film for those who like sick comedies that can be snide.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A sour, nasty offering.

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

...either you're willing to go with this claustrophobic concept or you're not.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Waydowntown just like most large cities, isn't somewhere you'll want to spend the rest of your life, but it sure is a fun place to visit for a while.

July 5, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

A smart and creative comedy that skewers cheaply dehumanizing architecture and self-absorbed yuppie mentalities in a series of skillfully assembled scenes.

March 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

You wouldn't want to live waydowntown, but it is a hilarious place to visit.

January 25, 2002

The observations of this social/economic/urban environment are canny and spiced with irony.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source:

Quirky, original, and often very funny.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Squandering his opportunity to make absurdist observations, Burns gets caught up in the rush of slapstick thoroughfare.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns' inventive and mordantly humorous take on the soullessness of work in the city.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A film with a great premise but only a great premise.

January 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

waydowntown may not be an important movie, or even a good one, but it provides a nice change of mindless pace in collision with the hot Oscar season currently underway.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

Martin and Burns' script is amusing and often inventive, although some choices ...are nonsensically plot driven.

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Waydowntown

A nice visit to my home city of Calgary; too bad most of it is spent trapped indoors. I like the shots where he is swimming through the walkways like a fish.
November 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not recommanded to claustophobic ppl!
December 20, 2006
Linda K. T.

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