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Quid Pro Quo Reviews

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Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2016
The film, intimately shot, sidesteps exploitative potential, and the finely tuned screenplay obscures its titular theme (colloquially translated "tit for tat") in multiple layers of narrative and a hit of noir.
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Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
In fact, "Quid Pro Quo" is not at all funny, merely occasionally sarcastic, its plot a succession of half-baked pop-psych speculations and its dialogue a glib sampling of sub-Diablo Cody incredibility
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Strikingly original and spectacularly twisted, Quid Pro Quo is a gem. Two outstanding performances from Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga provide riveting viewing
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Its biggest mystery is how it was financed (by Texas trillionaire and Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, no less) and selected for distribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Null
August 13, 2008
has the best "middle" I've seen in a long time
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 2, 2008
By far the movie's strong suit is Farmiga, who gives an astonishingly layered performance,
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 20, 2008
Very deftly made, with some lovely cinematography and two quirky, engaging lead performances, it's a satisfying debut.
Kam Williams
June 19, 2008
An outsider adventure strictly for the very open-minded, presenting the numbness of paralysis, ironically, as a potential source of paroxysms of pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
June 17, 2008
An obscure and terrifying mental disorder leads a reporter to the strangest and then the most terrifying story of his life. A neat film noir in a very modern setting amongst people who are not all there.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2008
Quid Pro Quo hovers in a noir-shaded twilight zone where repressed memories and guilt merge in an obsession with physical and emotional paralysis.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
June 13, 2008
The movie exerts a certain appeal without ever being convincing.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 13, 2008
This warped masochistic cousin to David Cronenberg's Crash - not to be confused with the Oscar winner of the same name -- is well worth seeing for Farmiga's stunning performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 13, 2008
While a good director can spin a worthy movie from any subject, first-timer Carlos Brooks does surprisingly little with the jaw-dropper of a topic he chose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 13, 2008
This odd little fugue of a movie would be implausible, even laughable, if it weren't also marvelously played, visually composed and plotted with the utmost cunning.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 13, 2008
If you were a fan of David Cronenberg's Crash, you might just be the target audience for Quid Pro Quo, a perverse psychological drama about able-bodied people who yearn to become disabled.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 13, 2008
The film is lightest on its feet when it shakes off the Red Shoe Diaries foreboding for moments of sly irony
| Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
June 13, 2008
Brooks has no idea how to pace his irritatingly giddy script, and the film feels overlong at 82 minutes.
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
June 13, 2008
I wanted Quid Pro Quo to develop into something at every turn, but it just never gels. It's a great 20-page short story that can't sustain 82 minutes of life on the big screen.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 13, 2008
Brooks tiptoes into territory Luis Bunuel would have frolicked in, but he does so without the master surrealist's desire to outrage and confound his viewers.
Brian Orndorf
June 12, 2008
It frustratingly refuses to go bonkers, but the film is a compelling sit, brought to life by two very crafty, pointed performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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