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Iowa Reviews

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
This is just stylistic plagiarism, without any sense of self.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2006
A mish-mash of familiar cinematic would-be jolts and shocks that don't convince for a more than a moment or two.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2006
Cut with distractions: tweaky visuals, borrowed touches and cartoonish characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 15, 2006
Here's a strange, moody movie about "Iowa" that's never going to make to a Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2006
Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
April 13, 2006
As director, Farnsworth lets tricky visuals run roughshod over dramatic unity, while as a performer, his lack of screen presence makes him seem sullen and uninterested instead of darkly charismatic.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 3, 2006
The most unflinching look yet at the meth pandemic that is sweeping across the Midwest as family values are plowed under by modern corporate agri-business.
| Original Score: 7/10
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 31, 2006
According to this first-time feature filmmaker, the entire Hawkeye State is a hotbed of crime, corruption and clandestine chemistry, with home-cooked crystal methamphetamine replacing pot roast and Mom's apple pie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 31, 2006
There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 31, 2006
A sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant 'cautionary tale.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
March 30, 2006
Matt Farnsworth's low-budget cautionary tale takes a 'drugs are evil' premise and pushes it to the extreme.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 28, 2006
Iowa is so stupendously slipshod that even mentioning the classics it vainly attempts to emulate would be to give it too much credit by association.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 28, 2006
Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
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