Wirey Spindell Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2007
Where writer-director Eric Schaeffer shoots himself in the foot is by succumbing to the narcissistic voice within.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 10, 2006
Long, shapeless, and painfully unfunny, Wirey Spindell confirms its maker's status as one of the most distinctively awful filmmakers of his generation.
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April 27, 2005
...a teen sex comedy for the grown-up arthouse crowd.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 21, 2003
To say that this movie is true to life is only to say that it's banal, boring and confusing.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The first pleasant surprise of 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 27, 2002
A naked attempt at Jerry Maguire-style profundity that elicited 47 temple rubs and 13 audible Jesuses between my companion and I... the comedic equivalent of flat soda.
Full Review | Original Score: F+
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Wirey Spindell is as idiosyncratic as the name of its hero, which gives this surprisingly affecting film its title.
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The big puzzle is why anyone would want to get within 50 feet of the guy, let alone marry him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide
February 14, 2001
As annoying and self-indulgent as the film may be, it can only seem irredeemable once Schaeffer has confirmed what you already suspected -- that he's using the film to trot out every oddball anecdote from his own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
Matt Reichl
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
Easily the best film that writer-director Eric Schaeffer (My Life's in Turnaround, Fall, If Lucy Fell) has made in his short career as the king of narcissistic indie cinema. But that's like saying that some hate crimes are preferable to others.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
What is appallingly lacking in the film is recognizing the possibility that this person's life might be one big bundle of irresponsibility.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Schaeffer needs to realize that there are few universals in his stories and way too many specifics, and it takes more than a weird name like Wirey Spindell to make a person really distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Ambiguously autobiographical (and, per usual, sooty-lensed.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
For the most part Mr. Schaeffer, by mixing melodrama and comedy in ways that they do not combine, neither shows how Wirey's early life is so terrible that he winds up a drugged and drunken misfit nor jogs the comedy to a level beyond the mildly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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