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Fay Grim Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Brian Holcomb
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
IGN Movies
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
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
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.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 13, 2007
Nothing short of a comic feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
May 30, 2007
Fay Grim is less concerned with the details of contemporary spy-craft and global deception than with broader moral questions.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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
Shawn Levy
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.
| Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 24, 2007
[Director Hartley] has a solid lead in Posey, who's amusing, especially as her character gains confidence and as she begins to turn the tables on the duplicitous Fulbright and others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 22, 2007
A fun whirligig of a thriller that comes dangerously close to killing the buzz from its idiosyncratic delights, but manages to survive (mostly) intact.
May 19, 2007
Hartley has chosen the hallmark of a great remake -- reinvention -- in approaching the concept of the sequel, for better and for worse.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 19, 2007
This is a perfect role for Posey and she plays it to the hilt, with the rest of the cast providing complementary lunacy.
Fred Topel
May 19, 2007
At two hours, it does get a bit overwhelming to keep up, but there are worse places to be stuck for 120 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim arrives like a breath of fresh air in a stale summer of big budget sequels. It's smart, breezy, serious and silly. It also allows Parker Posey to shine.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 18, 2007
Despite its imperfections, Fay Grim is worth seeing for Posey's and Goldblum's performances and particularly for the witty, literate dialogue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2007
Clever, fast-paced and surprisingly moving, Fay Grim takes a page from Alfred Hitchcock's Americans-abroad thrillers, in which the glossy surface lies lightly over betrayal and disillusionment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim is a farce in which people die and lives are ruined. Which is to say, it's peculiarly funny, but you have to be an existentialist with lightning-fast reflexes to get all the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 18, 2007
You won't see another film like Fay Grim this year, and we should give [Hal] Hartley credit for making it work on his own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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