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The Big Shot-Caller Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 28, 2009
A methodical and thoughtful film that provides food for thought but will be too slow for most audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
May 18, 2009
This film, about a wallflower that finds himself through Salsa dancing, warrants a short-not a feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 16, 2009
Shot-Caller is more of a kissin' cousin to Napoleon Dynamite, with delayed, deadpan performance beats that crackle with dried irony and deliberate oddity, performed by a cast of amateurs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eric Monder
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2009
It is hard to see how "The Big Shot-Caller" will catch fire with audiences. From its awkward, ambiguous title to its lack of charismatic performers, this minor drama doesn't have many commercial prospects.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 15, 2009
Yet another entry about a lonely person discovering him or herself through dance. Though bittersweet and nicely made, Marlene Rhein's feature offers nothing new.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 15, 2009
Family togetherness goes only so far. Witness The Big Shot-Caller, a lackluster soaper written and directed by Marlene Rhein, who stars with her brother, David Rhein. (They portray brother and sister, no less.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 15, 2009
Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 15, 2009
This minuscule indie variation of Saturday Night Fever moves only in fits and starts.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 14, 2009
Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the pic...doesn't come off strictly amateur.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 13, 2009
You have to wonder about a debut this self-involved: What's left for the second film?
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
May 12, 2009
Hallmark Channel formula is about all there is of a plot, and the leads are horrendously miscast
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
May 12, 2009
An absolutely-appealing little gem of an indie, leaving this critic curious to see whether Ms. Rhein's sophomore offering will be anywhere near as satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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