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Cashback Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 31, 2007
I think this filmmaker has a future.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2007
Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 21, 2007
Ellis seems to believe that artists have an enlightened sense of beauty and greater access to it than common folk. And he may be right: He's clearly mastered the skill of convincing art-school chicks to take their clothes off.
| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 21, 2007
Cashback is light, smart, and enjoyable, and it makes me eager to see what Ellis has planned for his next outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 20, 2007
As observers we can project our own fantasies onto Ben's, and [director] Ellis enhances this dreamy effect with low-budget ingenuity, like cleverly executing location changes in the same unbroken shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 20, 2007
Imagine Kevin Smith with a background in poetry and painting instead of comic books and bestiality jokes, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from an exciting new filmmaker named Sean Ellis, whose terrific debut is called Cashback.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 20, 2007
It's no small trick to blend fantasy, slapstick and genuine emotion, but [director] Ellis pulls it off with whimsy to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 20, 2007
Beware films with protagonists depicted as vastly more sensitive than their fellow characters. The result may be a crock like Cashback.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2007
[Director] Ellis has rounded up all the actors for this feature adaptation but doesn't add much to the 18-minute original besides a tedious boy-meets-girl.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2007
The movie is lightweight, as it should be. It doesn't get all supercharged. Ben and Sharon, despite setbacks, are delighted to be admired by such wonderful partners, and we are happy for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2007
A flair for language both cinematic and verbal elevates an ordinary coming-of-age comedy of little substance.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2007
A very romantic portrait of a young artist as he ponders love, beauty and living in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 2007
A sleek little meditation on beauty, desire, love and time. Now and then, it's fairly sophisticated stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2007
It's awkwardly drawn out to feature length with not-truly-comic secondary characters on the supermarket team, and go-nowhere incidents like a soccer match with a rival store and an unresolved encounter with another time-stopper.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2007
Cashback springs from that childhood fantasy of being able to stop time and wander freely among the temporarily frozen. If only writer-director Sean Ellis had done more than use the conceit for a functional romance.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 19, 2007
How ironic that Richard Lester had to go all the way to England to make that chef-d'oeuvre of sex comedies, The Knack... and How to Get It, while Ellis stays home and churns out the British answer to American Pie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 17, 2007
Wong Kar-wai on aisle 4 and Michel Gondry on aisle 6, with Kevin Smith as mop jockey at all points in between -- such is the lost-in-the-supermarket milieu of writer-director Sean Ellis's whimsical comedy.
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
The feature version of a 2004 award-winning British short depicts a sensitive art student who manages to freeze time, allowing him to undress women at his Sainsbury's supermarket and sketch them nude.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 16, 2006
Slickly charming, genteelly erotic and directed with supreme polish.