Mutual Appreciation Reviews

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January 28, 2019
Mutual Appreciation is a crappy-looking film in a tame, undistinctive, messy black-and-white way.
March 20, 2018
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.
August 24, 2017
If much of what I dislike in Bujalski's filmmaking must be accounted for by my objection to the milieu his films travel in, this shouldn't suggest that the filmmaking itself is anything close to competent.
May 4, 2007
You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all.
May 4, 2007
The grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly.
May 4, 2007
The focus is narrow, but its scrutiny is absolutely unerring.
May 4, 2007
Every scene in Bujalski's films is a little awkward, and just right.
May 4, 2007
Bujalski perfectly skewers what you might call the "sort-of" generation: educated, mid-20s white Americans hemmed in by their own non-committal uncertainty.
Top Critic
May 4, 2007
The painful honesty and geeky cool draws you in, but the film's sweet-natured humour seals the deal.
May 4, 2007
Indebted to the films of Jim Jarmusch and John Cassavetes, Bujalski invests this love triangle with real empathy for his bumbling, hyper-articulate characters, and a sly, edgy humour.
May 4, 2007
Bujalski is a shrewd comic observer, and astute enough a director to get the most of his engaging actors.
May 4, 2007
Just because you shoot semi-improvised scenes in black-and-white doesn't mean you're the new Jim Jarmusch.
May 3, 2007
Despite their lackadaisical impression, the pictures are quite tightly structured: each scene covers emotional and narrative distance. Funny, forgiving, credible and deft, they offer much to appreciate.
January 18, 2007
The dark side of a Waldorf education.
December 8, 2006
Just because it's like real life doesn't mean it's inherently interesting.
December 8, 2006
To capture the mundane rhythms of everyday existence without being tedious is a tough task, which makes the difficulties [director] Bujalski has had getting his films distributed a puzzling and frustrating thing.
December 8, 2006
Already an indie fan favourite thanks to the no-budget romp Funny Ha Ha, director Andrew Bujalski here slays the sophomore slump with another scruffy but bang-on look at life in the slow lane.
December 7, 2006
The shaggy honesty is bracing and the modest stories of young adults too tentative and nervous to do more than talk around an issue have a perceptive authenticity that doesn't shake off easily.
December 1, 2006
It certainly doesn't help that these characters just aren't worth a two-hour investment. Unless you're a fan of independent music, there's little chance you'll want to spend that much time with them.
November 24, 2006
Alan, Lawrence and Ellie, intersecting here and there with a circle of acquaintances and strangers, insinuate themselves into the viewer's heart like good friends.
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