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Fay Grim Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
The involved backstory and Hartley's own generic music both prove burdensome; the main attraction is the cast's amusing way of handling Hartley's mannerist dialogue and conceits.
May 19, 2007
There's a thin line between goofing irreverently on the maddeningly convoluted nature of spy thrillers and actually being a muddled mess, and Fay Grim crosses it constantly during its deadly second hour.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 19, 2007
Recycling espionage-a-go-go conventions while namechecking global conflicts doesn't shed light on any state we're in; it just feels fatigued.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim makes giddy sense to a point, but Hartley seems trapped in a bubble of his own, failing to let us in on a joke that would be funnier if its punch line weren't so quirkily obscure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
May 18, 2007
Where Henry Fool was a resonant study of friendship, art, trust and politics, Fay Grim is just a throwaway joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2007
The feeling of the original film has been lost.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2007
Hartley's work has always been an acquired taste. While Fay Grim is too uneven to win him many converts, it is laced with enough intelligence and wit to remind longtime fans why they were drawn to his unique vision in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2007
This film feels like Hartley has been handed a Bourne or a Bond movie to direct and maintained his own style and low-budget aesthetic while thoroughly enjoying and deconstructing his new toy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 18, 2007
Part satire, part action flick and complete ball of confusion, it's hard to tell what director-writer Hal Hartley intends with this often-amateurish, often dull, always frustrating film.
May 18, 2007
The more complicated it gets the less interesting it becomes; the joke is just overloaded, and at almost two hours, too long.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2007
In the end Fay Grim probably shares one unfortunate quality with the Hollywood movies so reviled in IndieWorld: It may be an unnecessary sequel.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim plays like a cadre of smug high-school drama students absolutely convinced everyone will be as amused by their antics as they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim is tortured in its attempt at cleverness, and plays endlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim falls victim to its own worried hyperactivity; it shuts you out with chattery paranoia. Hartley wants us to see the big picture, but he forgets we need artists like him to bring it into focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2007
Fay Grim gets so carried away with the intricacies of its plot that it gets lost in its own excessive cleverness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2007
For most of the way Fay Grim is a very dry slice of deadpan humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 17, 2007
Hal Hartley's Fay Grim strikes me as something of an elaborate mistake, a wasted opportunity and a script Hartley should have discarded. But I liked it anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2007
Fay Grim sorely tests the tenacity of [Hal] Hartley's most zealous fans.
May 17, 2007
The unorthodoxy of the film is perhaps its biggest asset -- along with the idea that a personal cinema can still exist, be so entertaining and provide something new to feel about character -- and maybe even the universe.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2007
The faux espionage plot, with its winks at terrorism, is really just a convoluted plea for the relevance of precious indie artistes (i.e., Hal Hartley).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 15, 2007
With all manner of backstories and flashbacks jamming the road, the Posey-mobile starts to swerve and sputter and finally blows a tire.
May 14, 2007
The final, tragically uncomprehending close-up of Posey is perfect in a way Hartley didn't intend. It mirrors our incomprehension at his loss of imagination.
May 14, 2007
What lures the film into disaster, is that [director] Hartley lets slip his sense of humor (always his strongest asset) and begins to believe his own plot.
September 26, 2006
Instead of growing as an artist, [Hartley] seems to be treading water.
September 15, 2006
Hartley is a man with a lot to say about what's going on in the world these days, and while the trademark irreverence is very much intact, his venture into a much broader, international landscape proves more admirable than rewarding.