Digging for Fire

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Digging for Fire finds director/co-writer Joe Swanberg working from a familiar palette, but in ways that suggest he's taking new and exciting strides as a filmmaker.

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A house sitter (Jake Johnson) becomes an amateur sleuth after finding a bone and a gun on the property.

Cast & Crew

Jake Johnson
Tim
Jane Adams
Woman on Beach
Joe Swanberg
Screenwriter
Jake Johnson
Screenwriter
Jake Johnson
Producer
Ben Richardson
Cinematographer
Joe Swanberg
Film Editor
Dan Romer
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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (25)

  • The size of that ensemble and Swanberg's particular way of sorta hazily drifting from one half-overheard conversation to the next gives the picture a Robert Altman vibe that's never really been present in his work before.

    May 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The movie has been dedicated to Paul Mazursky, the great radiologist of American social interplay who died last year. But Swanberg is still murmuring where Mazursky could speechify, gesticulate, and shout, sometimes in the same sequence.

    September 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Conversations drift and weave, as do the people having them. Narcissistic melancholy dukes it out with beer-and-pot-stoked merriment. There is longing. There is foolhardiness.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While you're watching it, "Digging for Fire" may feel slight or tentative, but its cumulative impact is entrancing. Few films about a marital rift make so much of what seems so little.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it has its charms, Swanberg is tilling soil here that has been churned since humanity began, and he doesn't come up with very much that's new.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Digging for Fire fails its title's own promise: It has the capacity for startling insight and artistry, but mostly it's just a toe listlessly pushing dirt around.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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