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The film never allows the audience to truly get to know any of the characters in Larry's world, a world in which their uniform shirts emblazoned with company logos and their first names serve as reminders of their lot in life.
By widening his soulful puppy eyes - matched only, quite eerily, by those of his French bulldog in real life, Arrow - Schwartzman successfully dares audiences to care.
Schwartzman ... gives Larry enough humanity and a modicum of personal growth that you keep coming back for more.
Writer-director Bob Byington showed potential as a social satirist with his provocative 2008 indie RSO (Registered Sex Offender), but this slacker comedy lacks any such venom.
7 Chinese Brothers is so slight it risks evaporating on contact.
The sharpest moments cast mundane struggles in a nearly spiritual light.
A very funny, resonant and, most importantly, self-aware film that allows a grade-A performer to show off his deadpan chops.
7 Chinese Brothers has an abundance of half-hearted slacker charm that it is hard to fault.
"7 Chinese Brothers," modest and unassuming, wins us over too, even though I can't figure out what the R.E.M. song has to do with the movie. Plus, it looks like Byington could only afford 2 Chinese brothers at most.
It's a small film, with some great performances and one irrefutably cute dog.
With 7 Chinese Brothers, Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington has made his most accessible film yet.
The project is more of a sketchy workshop than a fleshed-out feature, but at least Schwartzman's freewheeling banter provides some modest amusement.
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