Chained for Life

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Total Count: 19


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User Ratings: 13
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A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut. Through pitch-black satire, Chained for Life examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set.


Critic Reviews for Chained for Life

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

  • At times Schimberg's gambits feel too coy, their aim too dry despite the sensational hooks. But more often than not, the immediate impact is engagingly droll, and there's no questioning the overall adventurousness, confidence and originality.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • The script's showbiz satire shows occasional flashes of savage brilliance, and the meta aspects are thoughtfully composed, if occasionally self-indulgent.

    Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Chained for Life expands on the idea of difference as a humanizing catalyst, and cinema is its playground.

    Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Schimberg creates a melodrama that reflects on the terms of melodrama while also pointing toward a grass-roots cinematic revolution-movies made by people about their own experiences.

    Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Chained for Life is a fine film about how disability is misappropriated.

    Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Toying with the audience's own expectations and predispositions, Schimberg has made a movie that can be confidently called original.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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