Shadows Reviews

November 18, 2017
[Shadows is] so far ahead of all Hollywood and independent films that once you've seen [it] you can no longer look at the official cinema: you know that American cinema can be more sensitive and intelligent.
Top Critic
September 27, 2015
Again and again the line between acting and living is erased. Caught in the ecstasy of collective creation, a handful of earnest amateurs have almost accidentally produced a flawed but significant piece of folk art.
April 29, 2007
This is the only Cassavetes film made without a full script (it grew out of acting improvs), and rarely has so much warmth, delicacy, and raw feeling emerged so naturally and beautifully from performances in an American film.
June 24, 2006
A very modern, impressionistic snapshot of New York bohemia with scenes linked not by dramatic line but by place, time and mood.
May 9, 2005
Shadows is an unfinished picture in every sense of the word. Yet it is fitfully dynamic, endowed with a raw but vibrant strength, conveying an illusion of being a record of real people, and it is incontestably sincere.
June 17, 2003
Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema.