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Adventures of Power Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2009
Gold's screenplay is a tad too ambitious for its thin comic premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 8, 2009
Underdog comedy is no Napoleon Dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
January 28, 2008
A pretty agonizing affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
September 17, 2009
Writer/director/actor Ari Gold has made a competent student film that would graduate him from any film school with flying colors--that's to say, here is an example of a filmmaker who hasn't yet begun to find his own voice.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 6, 2009
The film -- despite some successful goofs and a defiantly dorky Phil Collins tribute -- can't quite win for trying.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 9, 2009
So would-be hip it hurts, Adventures of Power is barely watchable, despite the presence of such pros as Michael McKean and Jane Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Debruge
February 1, 2008
With its quirky costume and production design choices, self-indulgent pic gives Wes Anderson haters an easy new target.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 9, 2009
The rhythm's off in this goofy tale of an air-drumming underdog.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 9, 2009
Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 9, 2009
It's not the rough edges that bother here; it's the desperate attempt to capture Napoleon Dynamite's success by relying on oddball characters and off-the-wall scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 22, 2009
The film's penchant for dorky nostalgia -- especially '70s and '80s-era music -- quickly becomes irritating. It deserves a real tongue-lashing for trying to re-introduce the inexplicable Mr. Mister hit "Kyrie" into the American consciousness.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 22, 2009
Gold attempts to show Power as a "Napoleon Dynamite"-like charmer, but Gold's spastic performance induces more cringes than smiles.
| Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 23, 2009
Not even the always reliable talents of McKean and Lynch can help pull this comedy out of its ironic slump.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chase Whale
February 22, 2015
Writer-director-star Ari Gold understands the diversity of humor and does a superb job balancing the absurd with the laugh out loud funny. He just gets it.
Matthew Connolly
New York Press
October 14, 2009
For all the cheap shots in Gold's script, Adventures of Power views air-drumming with a surprising affection.
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
October 9, 2009
The playful plot with go-figure ending is bubbly, and the mechanics of the film are on-point for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2009
Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV.
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2010
It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, and this Spinal Tap-caliber cult item maintains a perfect balance.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 7, 2009
Forgive the film its Napoleon Dynamite overquirk; a loving god is watching all, genuflected to on bedroom-wall posters and seen in the film's final five minutes -- and if you're not a Rush fan, this is not your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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