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Fired! Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 19, 2007
...works best when Gurwitch is chatting with fellow celebrities...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2007
Brings to mind Michael Moore, except not nearly as serious, rigorous, angry or focused.
| Original Score: 72/100
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
February 8, 2007
At the very least, it's gainful, worthwhile employment for its likable star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 7, 2007
Ignore the earnest bits here and zero in on what Fired! does best -- treating trauma with a light-bright touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 7, 2007
Fired! won't offer much by way of revelation to anyone who has entered (and involuntarily exited) the workforce over the past 20 years, but the account it provides is both comforting for its all-inclusiveness and troubling for its implications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2007
Just when the film seems to be getting bogged down in 'before I made it big' anecdotes, Gurwitch wisely broadens her focus, interviewing ordinary victims of corporate 'right-sizing.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 1, 2007
Gurwitch examines what it is about being sacked that gnaws so angrily at the American mentality and how a country that once held the promise of lifelong employment now offers perpetual insecurity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 30, 2007
The result is generous-spirited, often funny and occasionally striking.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 30, 2007
The film version makes a sincere if scattershot effort to exorcise its subjects' feelings of hurt and embarrassment through the healing power of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 30, 2007
A free-wheeling, first-person docu that recalls early efforts of Michael Moore.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2007
Documentarians Chris Bradley and Kyle Labrache keep things moving at a nice pace while indulging Gurwitch's possibly too frequent attempts to tie the expanding film in to the event that inspired it.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
January 21, 2007
The basic message here is that everybody gets fired at some time during their careers, and that being able to laugh at yourself might be the best medicine to deal with that trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2007
Narcisisstic, un-empathetic, but stumbles into genuine entertainment at times despite that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2007
A mish-mash of insincere journalism and too-random anecdoting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 14, 2007
luckily for Gurwitch you can't get fired from a direct-to-DVD release.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Maynard
Washington Post
May 4, 2007
It's a shame Allen fired her from that play. After all, then she might not have had the time to make this documentary.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 23, 2007
As for her anticorporate muckraking, I can say only that I have watched Michael Moore and I have met Michael Moore, and Gurwitch is no Michael Moore.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2007
Serious portions, in which Gurwitch appears far too often to be mugging and cracking wise, are intercut with dumb sketches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 10, 2007
A sharper documentarian might've tried harder to bridge the gap between the problems of the legitimate American work force and the struggles of relatively well-off celebrities, but Gurwitch, while charming, isn't exactly brimming with insight.
| Original Score: D+
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
The video is heavy on actors and other showbiz types, and the self-centered Gurwitch doesn't distinguish between a factory worker laid off after decades on the job and an actor getting rejected during tryouts.
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