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Frownland Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2008
The anomic gloom that envelops Frownland, a miserabilist, micro-budgeted 16mm freak show, fatally impedes its seeming aspirations to the mercurial grit of Cassavetes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 12, 2010
Don't say that you haven't been warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 8, 2010
It looks like a Cassavetes or Allen film from which malign aliens, in the course of a sinister experiment in brain-depredation, have somehow sucked out every scintilla of mojo, fun or energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2008
Frownland is like a shriek for help. It centers on an extraordinary performance that plays like an unceasing panic attack. To call it uncompromising is to wish for a better word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
Nerve-rackingly funny, director Ronald Bronstein's microbudget indie features a protagonist for whom each attempt at communication turns into a rhapsody of strangulated verbiage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Karina Longworth
October 23, 2009
A very nearly unbearably bleak ode to the white blind rage inspired by the mundane.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 7, 2008
This is personal cinema at its most uncompromising and fierce.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Kohn
New York Press
March 5, 2008
Some have said that Taxi Driver has lost its immediacy because the city no longer carries an overtly dour impact; but Frownland finds it again.
Kevin Harley
Total Film
July 15, 2010
Imagine a less upbeat Taxi Driver remixed mumblecore style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 11, 2011
Lynch's Eraserhead has nothing on this head-trip pic when it comes to weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 8, 2008
We've all known people like this, usually as little as possible, which may explain why the movie has provoked such violent reactions at festival screenings: it brings us face-to-face with the limits of our compassion.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 26, 2008
Frownland is at first revolting, then addictively fascinating, and in the end leaves you wondering whether you have discovered an entirely new cinematic universe or have simply suffered through a horribly incompetent mess.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2008
Frownland, Ronald Bronstein's startling comedy, is like a mumblecore Eraserhead directed by John Cassavetes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 27, 2008
It's impossible to watch this grotty, sometimes unbearably undisciplined yet genuinely tragic movie and not think about the first films directed by John Cassavetes and Paul Morrissey.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2010
Uncomfortable but awkwardly compelling, it's a film that mirrors the qualities of its central character - alienating and oddly appealing in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
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