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Daddy Longlegs Reviews

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January 28, 2011
An indie bittersweet comedy gem.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2010
The film's grungy, ultra-low-budget look, thanks to the Safdie's handheld camera, is just right for catching the crummy, hardscrabble, rat-infested milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2010
Takes a little while to find its way but becomes steadily more compelling as Lenny's character and considerable issues come into focus.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2010
Hitchcock would have loved it, even wrapped in the Safdies scruffy enigma of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2010
Most directors are, in fact, inspiring performers who reserve their performances for cast and crew; Bronstein is among the most self-unsparing and inspired of them, and his performance in the movie is a treasure.
June 10, 2010
Bronstein's loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat.
June 10, 2010
If Daddy Longlegs is influenced by Cassavetes, well, that's not a bad thing. Few filmmakers have the nerve to travel that path.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2010
The Safdies deserve respect for surviving their childhood, if not for making a film about it that refuses to amuse or indict.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2010
A poignant, emotionally rich, sometimes playful, beautifully filmed tale of fractured fatherhood in New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2010
Daddy Longlegs may shock you, but it will also make you reexamine your ideas about parenthood, and what it means to be a father.
May 20, 2010
Daddy Longlegs is all jangly and raw. The hand-held camera is almost as much of a presence in the film as Lenny is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2010
For about an hour, Josh and Benny Safdie's trendy indie about a deadbeat dad taking care of his two boys for two weeks in Manhattan seems like the kind of movie in which you hate everybody -- especially the directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2010
The movie picks away at the standard, glamorized depictions of life in New York to arrive at a different, essential truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2010
The episodic, well-acted tale has a strange kind of charm.
May 18, 2010
At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2010
A caustic, surreal character study about what it means to be a parent, folded into a low-budget, naturalistic, urban documentary with jittery camera-work.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 18, 2010
Bronstein's performance and the gentle, unforced directorial work by the Safdies distinguish a film about an all-too-undistinguished father.
May 17, 2010
It's heartrending, and it wouldn't be heartrending if it weren't authentic in its texture.
May 14, 2010
A risky, heartbreaking exercise in empathy toward a person who may not deserve it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2010
Has the heartfelt acuity of autobiography, but not enough shape and direction to pace an unsentimental poignant story, and no explanation for the dad's almost crazy behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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