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Fay Grim Reviews

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October 16, 2014
A disappointing zany character-driven comedy directed by the once promising indie cult auteur Hal Hartley.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 27, 2009
Shows Hartley shrinking even as he goes global
March 14, 2009
Slyly, almost imperceptibly comedic, Fay Grim is indeed a film by Hal Hartley, who wrote, directed, edited and scored the film. But it's also Parker Posey's film
August 23, 2008
Without a good quality story, all the eccentricity is just window dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 5, 2008
Hartley pretzels his faux spy plot into "Syriana"-like knots and ends up with a fascinating if somewhat flawed absurdist romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2008
The nicest surprise of the movie is how long and how well Fay Grim works as a contemporary screwball comedy, a genre from which Hartley's diffuse yet severe sense of irony would seem to disbar him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 22, 2007
Posey's fans will love her performance, even if they have a little trouble following the rather contrived adventure ... which is so talky, it's tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 14, 2007
FAY GRIM turns out to be something of a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 10, 2007
Luckily, there is Hartley's immense wit to carry it through, but wit can be a dangerous gift, especially when the capacity to be clever overwhelms all else.
June 23, 2007
It's odd, endearing and weirdly funny for an hour, and after that it's a bit of a self-conscious mess.
June 22, 2007
Overall, though, Fay Grim only occasionally connects with the viewer. It is a film so caught up in its own cleverness and cheekiness that -- despite the solid work by its cast -- it forgets to make you truly care about its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2007
The story is deliberately perplexing, and while the logic of the serpentine narrative surely makes sense, Hartley is more concerned with the cadences and rhythms of the spy movie itself.
June 13, 2007
Nothing short of a comic feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2007
"Fay Grim" is the most inarticulate and grueling of all Hal Hartley's films, and a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 3, 2007
A stunningly abysmal sequel to 1998's very interesting Henry Fool. Even the appealing Posey can do little to redeem this totally misguided, convoluted disaster.
Read More | Original Score: 1/10
June 2, 2007
In the end, it turns out to be an interesting film, but it takes forever to work up enough steam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2007
Oy Fay! Starts out a winner but takes a left turn in Europe and turns out pretty Grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 30, 2007
Fay Grim is less concerned with the details of contemporary spy-craft and global deception than with broader moral questions.
May 25, 2007
Movie sequels rarely work as well as literary serials, but the Henry and Fay movies have the ring of a satisfying trilogy in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 25, 2007
Hartley has been on a spotty run; his last film to get a proper theatrical release in Portland was made nearly a decade ago. But he recovers nicely with this witty, crackpot comedy about love, espionage, trust and secrecy.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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