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The Living Wake Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2010
So insistently irritating and so consistently lacking in laughs that Sol Tryon's alleged comedy quickly becomes an exercise in exhaustion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Lippe
May 14, 2010
For some reason, despite the constant breaking of the fourth wall, O'Connell thinks we'll care about the twerpy Binew and find his demise moving.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 12, 2010
Fatally eccentric.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 14, 2010
This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a 20-minute stage monologue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
May 17, 2010
A small, peculiar film with a big, grating personality, The Living Wake is like a party crasher at an intimate gathering, momentarily intriguing and difficult to forget, but mostly for the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jay Antani
Moving Pictures Magazine
May 14, 2010
we get the sense that O'Connell is having all the fun, leaving the rest of us to suffer through the indulgences of this aggressively awful comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 14, 2010
Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 13, 2010
Wes Anderson has much to answer for.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2010
An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 21, 2010
An out-of-the-blue delight...I found (central character K. Roth) Binew to be inspiring and damn funny in his lack of a psychological/vocal filter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
May 12, 2010
Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 12, 2010
A refreshingly original, well-acted and delightfully bizarre amalgamation of comedy, satire, drama and tragedy that's often amusing and unpredictable, but lacks a genuinely poignant emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.55/10
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Robert Koehler
May 21, 2010
In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb.
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
May 21, 2010
Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2010
Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 3, 2010
In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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