The Chumscrubber Reviews

April 29, 2009
Whether the good performances, or sheer twisted attitude it presents to the same old formula, I enjoyed it, and the story.
June 19, 2007
June 8, 2007
It's a surreal, offbeat comedy where the kidnappers are hopelessly inept while Bell feels hopelessly at sea.
June 8, 2007
Despite the top-drawer cast assembled for his debut feature, the director Arie Posin's account of emotional dislocation in the 'burbs is stymied by a fatally uneven tone and a growing suspicion that we've been down this road many, many times before.
June 8, 2007
A strong cast promises great things, but The Chumscrubber loses itself on the way to its indie aspirations.
June 8, 2007
Sadly, despite Bell's eye-catching performance and Glenn Close's disturbing Stepford Wife portrayal, I found this messy movie as self-absorbed as most of its characters.
June 8, 2007
Ten years ago, The Chumscrubber might have seemed groundbreaking. Today, it's not just unoriginal but as dull and nondescript as a Barratt home.
June 8, 2007
It is witty and subversive, with flashes of magical realism and apocalyptic CG that both provokes and unnerves.
June 8, 2007
A tragic waste of acting talent, with nothing new to say. Can we please now politely close the door on middle-class repression before we get really angry?
June 7, 2007
Much like its characters: decorative, entertaining and emotionally empty.
June 2, 2007
Even though it feels derivative, this blackly comical suburban drama is loaded with terrific details. And it features yet another excellent performance from Jamie Bell.
May 26, 2007
Posin aims for are out of his reach and he's left to scrabble desperately for a story to plug in the gaps.
April 19, 2007
Such is the sordid state of affairs in that emerging genre that might be termed suburban noir, as it inches ever closer to horror and the supernatural.
March 1, 2007
An agonizingly bad movie.
June 5, 2006
The complex screenplay is admirable for its plot structure, its dark humour and its storytelling tricks, but the film ends up playing like a well developed project about teen-parent alienation, while itself alienating many of us in the audience.
March 24, 2006
Almost = Magnolia Pieces of April. Nice script, tight direction; but riddled with a disturbing-tension, &cynical outlook more apt to unsettle than entertain.
January 25, 2006
Wittier than Not Another Teen Movie, stealthier than Storytelling
December 6, 2005
November 23, 2005
The title doesn't offer much of an indication what 'The Chumscrubber' is about; frankly, after 107 minutes of watching it, you may still be wondering.
November 22, 2005
as complacent as its Hillside denizens, unfortunately spawning the very mindset it rails against.