Chained for Life Reviews

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October 9, 2019
Referencing numerous movies and the entire subculture, Schimberg pays a peculiarly satisfying homage to the everyday people and the little stories inside their heads.
October 4, 2019
Pearson radiates personality and humor, and his presence lifts the movie into interesting territory.
October 3, 2019
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.
September 23, 2019
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
One thing for certain is that [director Aaron] Schimberg's approach to filmmaking is a breath of fresh air, opting to make bold statements via biting satire carefully constructed in a manner to never make the subject matter the butt of the joke.
September 16, 2019
What's so curious about Chained for Life, and its effortlessness in gliding from the real to the surreal, is how easy it is for its cast of differently-abled actors to seize the camera and its gaze.
September 13, 2019
... blurs fantasy and reality to an almost disorienting degree. But it also finds a dark sense of humor while turning cynicism into compassion.
September 11, 2019
Brilliant deconstruction of Todd Browning's "Freaks".
September 11, 2019
Aaron Schimberg's howlingly funny and deeply affecting second feature considers the ethical tightrope of transforming flesh-and-blood human beings into fodder for cinema.
September 11, 2019
A meaningful, moving, and often quite funny interrogation of beauty in the movies.
September 10, 2019
Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening.
September 10, 2019
Deeply weird without being difficult to follow, Chained also bears traces of David Lynch's The Elephant Man in its DNA - influences that guide Schimberg in a direction that's difficult to predict but fun to follow.
August 21, 2019
The performances in general are incisive, with the insecure Weixler playing deftly off the witty Pearson, who carries himself in a way that makes the case for disabled actors playing disabled characters all by itself.
August 15, 2019
An instant cult film, one that demands repeated viewing.
June 21, 2019
Toying with the audience's own expectations and predispositions, Schimberg has made a movie that can be confidently called original.
November 21, 2018
Is this a black comedy? A romance? Political commentary? Psychological thriller? A rumination about life on a film set? Perhaps it's all of these.
November 1, 2018
The finest, funniest, and most cryptically thoughtful film on the subject (of ableism) that I've seen in this or any year.
October 29, 2018
The most distinct films of the year.
October 18, 2018
Although a little shapeless, with the narrative lagging at times, thereby softening its impact, Chained for Life is a fine sophomore feature.
October 3, 2018
There are some bold, provocative ideas at play here - they're just in need of a film with far more urgency around them.
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