Rotten Tomatoes consensus is: "While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass. Critics reacting negatively include Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, who criticized the Duplass brothers for displaying an "almost aggressive lack of ambition", and Damien Magee of 702 ABC Sydney, who identified Cyrus as "the sort of film that many people, including a number of well-respected critics, have started to confuse with good cinema" going on to call it "a checklist of indie-chic clichés", and concluding with the suggestion "If you're really stuck for something to see, stick this on the maybe pile, otherwise marked Juno." Peter Travers added it to his top ten movies of 2010 as one of the movies that tied for eleventh place.
"Cyrus" is a different comedy with a darker touch created by Jay and Mark Duplass, who works within the subgenre of independent film called Mumblecore. The subgenre is characterized by naturalistic acting and dialogue (often improvised), low-budget film production, an emphasis on dialogue over plot, and a focus on the personal relationships of people in their 20s and 30s. And this is what we get in "Cyrus". The mother/son relationship depicted is shown in different stages from funny to just plain weird and with John in the middle this becomes something else than your average American fart gag comedy. It´s believable and hard to watch at times, but the actors treat their character with respect as they are trying their best to figure out how to function emotionally. We get great acting from Reilly, Tomei and Hill. And Tomei has never looked more beautiful.
on me. The acting was okay, but the story wasn straightforward and
to be fair, quite boring. Others might enjoy it more than me.
..At least I hope so.
I like how The Duplasses set the tone of this movie. it's both kinda mainstream and independent. a simple yet deep look at how a dysfunctional relationship between mother and son could affect a relationship without any corny drama. with this movie, I stand corrected: small movies give you the most grounded depict of life.
"Your son hates me. And I gotta say, I fuckin' hate him too."