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Any interesting comment or funny remark must have happened off-camera.
Scenes flirt with cliché, yet the writing has spark (one very funny sequence cuts among radically different interpretations of the previous night's revelries), and Tim Naylor's photography is pretty.
In sticking with seven friends and one outsider/interloper, Lowell hews so close to the reunion-film formula he ends up stifling anything new that may otherwise have resulted.
This could be a satire of an entitled generation if the characters weren't so vapid.
... manages some amusing moments and shows flashes of visual flair along the way, but it treads familiar territory with scenarios that gradually feel more contrived than authentic.
Beside Still Waters grows a bit choppy in the third act, but like the best ensemble films the ensemble itself is enough of a reason to travel these rough narrative waters.
"Still Waters," in the case of this limp "Big Chill" clone, run pretty shallow
Lowell shows great sensitivity in creating that collective mood, and expressing it through a large, diverse ensemble.
an honest film that thinks outside of the box for a story that could have easily been a rehash of something I've seen many time before
Familiar and not fully plausible, but features top-notch acting, compelling imagery and interesting film technique.
Warm, tender and heartfelt. It's a profound, honest and poignant drama brimming with well-nuanced performances. Refreshingly un-Hollywood!
With this exceptional debut, [director Chris Lowell] deserves to be considered one of most promising new talents in American independent cinema.
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