Chained for Life Reviews

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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.
September 24, 2018
This vicious satire of Hollywood disability representation forces you to differentiate empathy and pity.
August 28, 2018
It's the beauty of the ideas that resonate most, resulting in a most satisfying conclusion.
August 2, 2018
Masterfully directed by Aaron Shimberg, Chained for Life is a wonderfully funny and empathetic meta-commentary, a behind-the-scenes drama in the style of Cassavetes' Opening Night and Truffaut's La Nuit Americaine.
July 31, 2018
Both a commentary on the joys and pains of indie filmmaking, and a sly and deviously funny look at perceived identity via physical appearance, Chained for Life plays a discordant yet strangely sweet song.
July 27, 2018
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.
July 26, 2018
Chained for Life's self-awareness about the nature of beauty - and how the World According to Schimberg perceives it - is obvious from the hour-and-a half later, the dialogue on this topic only seems to be just getting started.
July 24, 2018
The script's showbiz satire shows occasional flashes of savage brilliance, and the meta aspects are thoughtfully composed, if occasionally self-indulgent.
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