Baghead Reviews

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September 5, 2008
Baghead's got exactly one joke to exploit -- it's a relationship movie masquerading as a horror movie -- and proceeds to beat it to death.
September 5, 2008
The co-directors and co-writers, Jay and Mark Duplass, appear to be saying, 'Hey, we are the new emperors of the independent cinema. And guess what? We have no clothes.'
September 4, 2008
Baghead is best in its first half, when it's just about a group of four friends trying to escape the ruts their lives have become.
August 29, 2008
A refreshingly brisk and modest salvo from the American independent film front, proving there's still interesting life in the scruffy, shot-on-video genre.
August 29, 2008
Jay and Mark Duplass -- the brothers who wrote, directed and produced this bauble -- take literally two-thirds of the film to come to a very small point.
August 23, 2008
Alternately hilarious, subtly sinister, and finally poignant, Baghead is not quite like any other film in memory.
August 21, 2008
Baghead is at its best when it captures the subtleties of romantic machinations, macho power plays and the indignity of women aging in Hollywood.
August 20, 2008
Compared to films such as Tropic Thunder and The Blair Witch Project, Baghead's poke at the film industry and attempt at verite horror are a little like making vroom-vroom noises next to a Porsche.
August 15, 2008
The coda, even if it doesn't wholly work, should have some sobering lessons for would-be filmmakers who see this. Kids, try this at home.
August 10, 2008
Serves as one of the better indie horror offerings so far this year. That is, if it even really qualifies as a horror film. ...there are probably just as many who would say it does not.
August 8, 2008
Baghead is at once a terrifically smart and scary piece of entertainment, an embodiment of the mumblecore aesthetic, and a sly commentary on the challenges aspiring and independent filmmakers face in finding an audience for their work.
August 8, 2008
It's clear that horror isn't really the Duplass' forte: The simple scenes of these four aspiring filmmakers sitting around a table, brainstorming ideas while tearing each other apart are more interesting than all that running and screaming.
August 8, 2008
he brothers Duplass have a knack for the to-and-fro of modern relationships. Their horror sense is less acute, but at least they understand that when the budget is low, it's best to keep the villain in the shadows.
August 8, 2008
Baghead works on the same principle Lucy used when she kept promising she would hold the football for Charlie Brown but kept moving it before he could kick it.
August 8, 2008
Too bad the characters are so rote. The women are almost nonentities, and the bond between the men borders on the maudlin. The actors are often better than their lines.
August 8, 2008
I felt like putting a bag over MY head.
August 8, 2008
Trouble is, it's never really funny or really scary, and a lot of it is hugely predictable.
August 8, 2008
Even in the spookiest woods in the dead of night, there will be no difficulty figuring this one out.
August 8, 2008
Although the final act telegraphs the endgame a little too obviously, Baghead is nevertheless a late summer treat.
August 7, 2008
... there's a sly wit to the way the filmmakers mix and match and upend genres.
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