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Quid Pro Quo Reviews

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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
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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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 10, 2008
A bleakly humorous romantic character study, Quid Pro Quo is appealingly offbeat until its narrative takes a wayward detour into pat simplifications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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.
Matt Pais
June 12, 2008
Might work if it was really about what it's really about, but its too-tricky script has too many paths that lead nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 12, 2008
[Director] Brooks plunges into the thick of a largely unfamiliar subculture in Quid Pro Quo, but the journey involves a series of well-telegraphed twists and turns.
| Original Score: C
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Jean Oppenheimer
Village Voice
June 11, 2008
Farmiga is captivating, Stahl less so -- although a bigger problem is writer/director Carlos Brooks's script, which sets up one story, then shifts gears into something more personal and psychologically specific.
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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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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
David Fear
Time Out Chicago
September 15, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
January 28, 2008
Has some pretty insightful things to say about the nature of being "disabled," and it says them with a good deal of humor, style, and understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
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
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
Prairie Miller
May 9, 2008
Not exactly Bunuel's differently abled erotica classic Tristana, it raises mystifying questions about disability as a state of mind. And whether or not the final clues to this mind over matter mystery reside in sex, shoes or tulips, hypochondriacs beware.
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