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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 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 a certain dark charm if you can put up with very jittery camera work and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
May 14, 2010
At first glance, the laughing, wisecracking, adventure-promoting dad in Daddy Longlegs seems like a parent any kid would love to have.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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