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Director Bujalski continues to give cinematic voice to awkward, literate twentysomethings with noteworthy smarts and tenderness. Read critic reviews

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A young musician (Justin Rice) from Boston arrives in New York following the breakup of his band. As he tries to figure out the next step in his career path, he spends time with his friends (Rachel Clift, Andrew Bujalski) and enjoys the romantic overtures of a radio disc jockey (Seung-Min Lee).

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (8)

  • Bujalski has a logical eye for parsing casually unfolding events with visual coherence, and his dryly satirical view of grownups' fatuities doesn't lose sight of the charming vanity of youthful illusions.

    December 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I bet Andrew Bujalski is sick of reading that he's the voice of his generation, when most of that neo-slacker demographic has never had the opportunity to see his films.

    March 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • The grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Every scene in Bujalski's films is a little awkward, and just right.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Bujalski perfectly skewers what you might call the "sort-of" generation: educated, mid-20s white Americans hemmed in by their own non-committal uncertainty.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 21, 2007
    Painfully film school project about narcissistic artists dong nothing in particular.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Mutual Appreciation," Alan(Justin Rice) has just moved to New York from Boston after the breakup of his band, the Bumblebees. Once there, he looks up an old friend, Lawrence(Andrew Bujalski, who also wrote, directed and edited), who lives with his girlfriend, Ellie(Rachel Clift). Needing a guitarist for an upcoming gig, Alan finds one through a frisky DJ, Sara(Seung-Min Lee).[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Mutual Appreciation" is about the awkwardness of youth where anything is possible and full responsibility has not yet kicked in. The movie is slightly agreeable before falling into a familiar trap late. And while I encourage low budget independent filmmaking, there should still be a certain level of storytelling skills and convincing performances which are not the case here.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2007
    very low key black and white indie from america, looking at a struggling musician in newyork going about his life, trying to get noticed,hanging around with a couple, he knows while along the way getting involved with a lady, which hes not to sure about, is there someone else in his life. i like the look to this, very naturalistic. reminds me of other low budgets like clerks, where script is everything, great dialogue and a great central performance from justine rice, very naturalistic, the relationships seen here are well developed, and watching them act is a joy, a great look at life for strugglin musicians, a great film to watch and inspire budding directors, as this was very cheap to shoot, another great look at newyork on film, love low budget stuff coming out of america
    scott g Super Reviewer

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