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C.O.G. Reviews

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February 5, 2014
A promising sophomore effort from Easier with Practice writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and a great star turn for Jonathan Groff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 1, 2013
A coming-of age story with specific touches but a universal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 30, 2013
The sardonic humor hits the mark more often than not, and Groff brings sympathy to an otherwise smug and pretentious character.
September 26, 2013
This America takes some getting used to.
September 23, 2013
Everyone in this wonderful surprise is looking for a place to belong while ultimately having to look out for No. 1. And I don't mean that in the spiritual sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2013
Despite some good performances and sharp screenplay, C.O.G., like its lead character, seems stuck in the space between.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 20, 2013
Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2013
People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.
September 19, 2013
a dramedy that keeps you guessing where the main character is going (emotionally and physically) as he drifts from one odd situation to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2013
The film features snappy, hilarious bits among the coming-of-age vignettes, but it loses momentum as it winds toward a finish. You won't grow bored with the characters, but you might check your watch a few times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 19, 2013
"C.O.G" is like a collage of Americana from the perspective of someone incapable of comprehending its value.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2013
There are a few stretches in C.O.G. where the movie feels like it's dawdling, much like its protagonist. But the wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2013
Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez blends pointed satire with gallows humor, much like Sedaris himself.
September 19, 2013
Bolstered by beautiful cinematographic framing that expresses his alienation, the film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 19, 2013
Alvarez rides a fine line with the Candide-esque nature of the story, pointing out the absurdities of the people that David meets along the way but never skirting the fact that wiseacre David has a lot to learn about the real world.
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September 19, 2013
There are some who have complained that C.O.G. ends too abruptly, but it has the bracing, devastating punctuation of a fine short story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 18, 2013
A deceptive film: a drama disguised as a comedy, with laughs that are undercut but sad truths.
September 17, 2013
The ace in the hole is Groff, who fluidly slides between lip-curled sarcasm and teary-eyed vulnerability-he's the embodiment of the thrill and terror of being a not-so-little boy lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2013
Strong performances throughout and a pair of truly stellar ones make the flaws of C.O.G. easier to overlook and it continues to bolster the reputation of Alvarez as a notable young filmmaker worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
January 25, 2013
Experience is the best teacher in Kyle Patrick Alvarez' riveting portrait of self-discovery, C.O.G.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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