Mutual Appreciation Reviews

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May 4, 2007
You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all.
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.
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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
Bujalski is a shrewd comic observer, and astute enough a director to get the most of his engaging actors.
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.
December 8, 2006
Just because it's like real life doesn't mean it's inherently interesting.
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.
November 10, 2006
Shooting in black-and-white 16mm, Bujalski nods to the pre-Sundance personal cinema of the '50s and '60s. His little circle of pals, though, offers little to outsiders looking in.
November 9, 2006
The film's mood and style are pitched somewhere between '60s American indie and French New Wave and, as you watch these people, they seem painfully, amusingly on-target.
October 20, 2006
Mutual Appreciation appropriates a seemingly improvised vérité style that's ideal for a cast of characters of no tremendous ambition.
October 19, 2006
The kind of movie whose dialogue mostly hews to the rhythms of 'like, you know, whatever' but then occasionally throws in a word such as 'puissance.' And, like, it totally works.
October 6, 2006
There is no denying the director-screenwriter's ability to capture a certain real-life quality on film.
September 29, 2006
Bujalski's writing is so good, and every shot and edit seems exactly right.
September 8, 2006
You can't exactly call it progress, but it is thrilling (in a low-key sort of way) to see real young adults looking and acting the way they do, light years away from the toothy flesh-bots that have supplanted them on screen.
September 7, 2006
The latest from Funny Ha Ha director Andrew Bujalski -- the cinema's reigning poet laureate of postcollegiate anomie -- is another baggy, charmingly disheveled romp through awkward courtship rituals and uncomfortable silences.
September 1, 2006
Mutual Appreciation isn't much more interesting than hanging out with four smart, nice, semi-confused people in their 20s. But that puts it far above the average movie.
September 1, 2006
Here's hoping that somehow, this intelligent, uncommonly perceptive film finds the fairy-tale success it deserves.
August 31, 2006
Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, this wonderful independent film won't save or change your life, but it may make your heart swell.
August 31, 2006
What Douglas Sirk did for big-budget Hollywood melodrama in films like Imitation of Life, Andrew Bujarski is doing for the low-budget indie.
August 31, 2006
Any other romantic melodrama would have them bubbling over with passion, but these characters are painfully tentative and believably so, given that they're both betraying someone they care about.
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