Ford has come up with a nifty way of exploring the enduring allure and troubling underside of the superhero myth. It's just too bad his own all-too-human powers aren't quite up to the task.
| Original Score: 2/5
The little glimpses of everyday magic on offer here are lovely, from a "universe suit" to a porous apartment door, but they're not enough to hang a film or a life on.
| Original Score: C+
While there's a lot to like about this oddball Australian black comedy, they don't add up to the kind of crowd-pleasing three-act adventure this clearly should have been.
It is a frail little bird of movie, so reluctant to spread its wings you wonder if it will take flight.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
I'd take 10 more Green Lanterns over one more wannabe-superhero flick.
Sits on the screen like a steaming lump of Kryptonite.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
An Australian misfits-in-love story manufactured from whole quirk, Griff the Invisible is more mannerism than movie.
The touches of magical realism begin to feel gimmicky. By the final frame, this romance never feels real enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: C-
It tries too hard to be eccentric, kooky. So hard, it can be downright annoying.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a movie that works so hard to be quirky it fails to get us onside with the main character.
I'm all for ambiguity in films, but it doesn't feel like writer/director Leon Ford left Griff and his underlying issues vague on purpose.
| Original Score: D+
Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.
a boring, aimless installment into the rapidly growing subgenre of quirky superhero comedies
| Original Score: 1/5
You get the idea that the filmmaker is leaning a little too heavily on the quirkiness of it all.
This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point - though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.
Something about this feature never ignites.
First-time director Leon Ford has the Australian shaggy dog comedy style down pat; now he just needs an empowering idea.
Griff seems a little too psychologically damaged to laugh at. On the other hand, for a drama, his behavior is way too silly to take seriously.
| Original Score: 1.5/4