Full Frontal Reviews

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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.
August 2, 2002
A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.
August 2, 2002
Boasting a title saturated in irony, Full Frontal is about as oblique as a picture gets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2002
Smart, fun, intricate and full of itself in a wonderful way.
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.
August 1, 2002
Even those who are used to art house films will likely be underwhelmed by the bareness of Full Frontal's menu.
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.
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.
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