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Fired! Reviews

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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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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 5, 2007
The documentary Fired! contains slivers of shtick that play more as diverting filler than prime comedy material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 2, 2007
The film is funny for the first 10 minutes -- maybe 15 -- but it soon grows tiresome and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 1, 2007
Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen and has been making something of a cottage industry out of the experience ever since. Having written a book about being fired, she has now made a documentary as well, and it's something of a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 30, 2007
While 'maybe it's for the best' proved happily prophetic for her actor pals, those words of comfort sound more like a clueless bromide when you consider the 30,000 people laid off in Lansing after the film wrapped.
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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.