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The New Twenty Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 3, 2009
The director and co-writer Ishmael Chawla never make their characters venal.
| Original Score: 2/4
Don Willmott
May 26, 2009
Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson is a sharp observer of urban life, and his story moves along so briskly that you won't spend much time considering the fact that it should have been set in 1999
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2009
Johnson provides them with plenty of challenges and reasons to question their values, priorities and goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
March 25, 2009
Co-writer/director Chris Mason Johnson's amateur debut effort could be credited with creating a new genre of pretentious triteness tailored to define of the pop slang word "Redonkulous."
Full Review | Original Score: D
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2009
There's something uniquely irritating about the kind of too-serious-for-its-own-good alternative-lifestyle drama subheading that Chris Mason Johnson's The New Twenty neatly falls under.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 22, 2009
Has interesting characters and a terrific cast, but feels somewhat contrived, bland and lacking an authentic emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.85/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 20, 2009
Chris Mason Johnson directs from a script he co-wrote, giving us little reason to care for his physically attractive, emotionally empty characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 20, 2009
Lacing timeless group dynamics with current concerns, Johnson straddles the line between glossy fluff and serious generational inquiry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 20, 2009
There's nothing particularly new or moving in this study of friends growing up and apart from one another, which only makes you want to yell, "Move on! College was ten years ago!"
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
March 20, 2009
The movie is admirable for taking these people seriously, even if it does little to illuminate their individual or cultural significance.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 19, 2009
Imperfect but worthwhile
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 19, 2009
Earnest performances can't help the warmed-over sitcom quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anna King
Time Out
March 18, 2009
Chris Mason Johnson's ensemble drama could've been just another earnest time capsule about friends in their late twenties; what saves it from devolving into mere mumblecore is a broader-than-average outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
March 17, 2009
Johnson and co-writer Ishmael Chawla have a light touch that keeps things from turning overly melodramatic.
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