Closet Monster Reviews

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September 15, 2019
Stephen Dunn has in fact crafted an instant classic of queer cinema that takes the coming-of-age and coming-out tale, rejuvenates it and delivers a film that unapologetically puts the elephant in the room in its very title.
August 7, 2019
Closet Monster is a little obvious with its symbolism... However, [Stephen] Dunn stylistically pulls off the movie's themes beautifully.
April 18, 2019
Closet Monster is certainly worth a watch due to its originality, quirkiness and honesty, none of which ever seem forced.
August 27, 2018
[An] absolutely stunning queer coming-of-age story.
August 22, 2018
With its surrealist treatment of gay identity and hothouse take on familial melodrama, Closet Monster inevitably feels like a precious carbon copy of Xavier Dolan's work.
September 28, 2017
Murder, masturbation, melancholy, molly-this is one overstuffed Canadian debut feature. Perhaps they should have cut the talking hamster.
March 3, 2017
Somehow that revolutionary, empowering message never got through to Dunn. His film seems sexually and psychologically arrested in the pathology that blocks coming out.
December 26, 2016
If you didn't think a hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini could make you cry, think again.
December 12, 2016
A psychological thriller that has the ability to leave no one indifferent, something that makes one of the pearls to discover this year and a future cult title. [Full review in Spanish]
November 30, 2016
One way to tell a promising director is by the acting in his or her film, and the performances in "Closet Monster" are solid all the way around, no matter how small the role.
October 28, 2016
If it all doesn't work perfectly, that's oddly okay, the character-driven highs making up for the bits and pieces that fail to reach the same sort of unpredictably enthralling heights so much of the rest thankfully soars to.
October 24, 2016
Sort of a horror film, but not really. It's too funny to be categorized that way.
October 13, 2016
A film school thesis project that somehow found its way into general release.
September 30, 2016
If Dunn can direct his next work with more considered distance from his characters, he has a great future as an inventive and assured film director.
September 29, 2016
Dunn plays around with perspective and style, but all the flash doesn't obscure the film's emotion and heart, which are deep and true.
September 29, 2016
It's nothing less than an emotional exorcism.
September 23, 2016
The determined eccentricity of the entire conceit-liberally laced with moments of hallucinatory surrealism-weighs the movie down, creating an airless ambiance at odds with any youthful verve which might appeal to the viewer.
September 23, 2016
Closet Monster is most successful when it uses fable-like qualities to allow us to feel Oscar's emotions viscerally rather than narratively.
September 23, 2016
A most auspicious debut.
September 22, 2016
Connor Jessup wonderfully inhabits the teenage Oscar, who observes others while trying to find himself. Aaron Abrams, as his father, and Aliocha Schneider and Sofia Banzhaf, as friends, are just as multilayered.
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