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Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original. Read critic reviews

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An actress bonds with a young man who has a severe facial deformity.

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  • [A] wonky, charming satire...

    October 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sharp movie about moviemaking, with welcome surreal touches that are best left unspoiled.

    October 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This low-budget film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg is almost every kind of strange, and yet it has an amiable warmth and an inexhaustible reserve of originality that make it compelling as hell.

    October 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Anchored by Weixler's and Pearson's natural charm, "Chained for Life" stands up as both a quiet ode to the experimental, dreamlike spirit of moviemaking and a seriocomic corrective to sentimentalized sideshow portrayals.

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If the point of Tod Browning's Freaks was that it's what's inside that makes someone a monster, Chained for Life finds that everyone is awkward, everyone sees their own flaws, and everybody is just somebody.

    October 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Chained for Life's genius is in its playfulness, and in [director Aarpm] Schimberg's vision, lucid but disorienting, insistent that there be no boundary between the movie we're watching and the movie - movies? - his characters are making.

    September 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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