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August 11, 2002
Soderbergh is so busy trying to create his movie-within-a-movie -- and, in at least one instance, his movie-within- a-movie-within -a-movie -- that he botches the enclosing movie.
August 9, 2002
The best you can say about Full Frontal, an ensemble piece that flirts with ideas about illusion and reality, is that the movie qualifies as a failed experiment.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 8, 2002
A boring, amateurish, incomprehensible and stupefyingly pretentious pile of swill.
August 8, 2002
Mr. Soderbergh's direction and visual style struck me as unusually and unimpressively fussy and pretentious.
August 5, 2002
Full Frontal is like the 'Special Features' disc of the DVD without the original movie.
August 3, 2002
When improv is done well, it sheds a unique light on the human condition. When it is done adequately, as it is in Full Frontal, it simply makes you long for a good script and pricey production values.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2002
A movie whose ultimate point is precisely nothing.
August 2, 2002
Adds up to less than its admittedly entertaining parts.
August 2, 2002
See this movie for its humor and talented cast and you won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2002
Full Frontal is perhaps the ultimate expression in upscale slumming passing for indie art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2002
Those who enjoy experiment may be happy here -- director Steven Soderbergh, even at his most mystifying, is rarely dull, some of the performances are terrific, and the movie's likely to fuel some intriguing late-night debates. Watch your step, though.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2002
Think of the picture as 107 entertaining minutes from a very smart director who has decided to come out and play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2002
It's not that the film's subject is too 'inside-baseball' to be understood by non-Hollywoodians. It's that there doesn't seem to be much point to the whole thing, other than the usual real/reel gambit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2002
Audiences are going to be irritated if not simply befuddled by the film, although it is not a movie to be easily dismissed, and certainly not for lack of ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2002
Watching it is exasperating at first, but it grows more engrossing.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 2, 2002
Cineasts will revel in those visual in-jokes, as in the film's verbal pokes at everything from the likes of Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein's bluff personal style to the stylistic rigors of Denmark's Dogma movement.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2002
It is initially confusing, willfully so, and Soderbergh takes obvious delight in teasing the viewer and upsetting his or her preconceptions, breaking down the wavery wall between movies and real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2002
The video work is so grainy and rough, so dependent on being 'naturalistic' rather than carefully lit and set up, that it's exhausting to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2002
Despite the complicated trappings -- a film within a film within a film, shot both on film and video -- Full Frontal is mostly a pedestrian look at sex, race, and desperation in the movie business.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2002
Boasting a title saturated in irony, Full Frontal is about as oblique as a picture gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2002
Like the calculatingly misleading title and most of Full Frontal, it's little more than a tease, a private joke by a director winging it between more important jobs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2002
A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2002
The whole thing feels like a ruse, a tactic to cover up the fact that the picture is constructed around a core of flimsy -- or, worse yet, nonexistent -- ideas.
August 1, 2002
A clever conceit that works in some sequences, mostly those involving Keener, and less well in others, mostly those involving Roberts and Underwood.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2002
Full Frontal, which opens today nationwide, could almost be classified as a movie-industry satire, but it lacks the generous inclusiveness that is the genre's definitive, if disingenuous, feature.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2002
When a set of pre-shooting guidelines a director came up with for his actors turns out to be cleverer, better written and of considerable more interest than the finished film, that's a bad sign. A very bad sign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2002
Several of Steven Soderbergh's earlier films were hailed as the works of an artist. Sadly, Full Frontal plays like the work of a dilettante.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 1, 2002
If Soderbergh's name weren't attached to this project, I'd swear it was by some recent film-school grad who hadn't progressed beyond Navel Gazing 101.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2002
What's surprising about Full Frontal is that despite its overt self-awareness, parts of the movie still manage to break past the artifice and thoroughly engage you.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2002
Fragmented, elliptical and overplotted to the point of being hard to track. Still, it's worth hanging in for the finish ... [when] Soderbergh pulls off a delicious trick, a gesture of pure, tender, unabashed movie love that makes up for everything.
August 1, 2002
A weird little movie that's amusing enough while you watch it, offering fine acting moments and pungent insights into modern L.A.'s show-biz and media subcultures. But it doesn't leave you with much.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2002
Smart, fun, intricate and full of itself in a wonderful way.
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 1, 2002
If Ocean's Eleven was a high-priced banquet of popular guys toasting one another's hard-earned coolness in a pointless caper, Full Frontal is the after-party.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 1, 2002
Even those who are used to art house films will likely be underwhelmed by the bareness of Full Frontal's menu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2002
Unlike Magnolia or Mulholland Drive, it doesn't offer an audience much incentive to tease out its ambiguities.
July 29, 2002
Fails to cohere on a thematic level, but restless formal experimentation doesn't get much more accessible and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
July 25, 2002
Is it a total success? No. Is it something any true film addict will want to check out? You bet.
July 25, 2002
The whole movie is a riff on movie reality and unreality. Nothing is truly new here, though.