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A Useful Life Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 15, 2012
Those who enjoy this elegiac film will enjoy it very much. I did.

Empire Magazine
January 13, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 12, 2012
A slight piece this, but engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 12, 2012
The film is short, at 67 minutes, but teasing, mazy, memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
January 12, 2012
Utterly irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 12, 2012
Cinema is dead! Long live the cinema!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
January 11, 2012
A small film with a big heart, Federcio Veiroj's tale of a beleaguered cinematheque and its life-shy film programmer, is a charming ode to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 10, 2012
[A] short, sweet, slow-tempo Uruguayan film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 9, 2012
A beautiful representation of innocence and naivety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 25, 2011
Dedicated to cinephiles everywhere, this pocket-vest valentine of a film examines the comforts and limits of movie love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Foster
July 15, 2011
A Useful Life exists for filmgoers to feel good about being filmgoers; to provide validation for all those romantic notions movie lovers entertain as they sit in the dark for huge chunks of their (our) lives.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 13, 2011
A cinephiliac work from a mature vantage point in which movie-love goes hand in hand with an awareness of the fragility of cultural institutions and a faith in romance extending beyond silver screens.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2011
A Useful Life blooms as a study of cinephilia as a means to a sheltered end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 13, 2011
Shot in color but produced in edible, Oreo-toned black and white, A Useful Life transitions seamlessly from indoors to outdoors, from nostalgia to hope.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
January 23, 2012
Pleasant enough, but so slight it barely sustains 65 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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