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The movie goes way over the top near the end, but unlike Hollywood films, which would've added violence and a car chase, The Operator's excesses all are in keeping with its theme.
This debut film from local writer-director Jon Dichter has an interesting concept, but its execution feels a bit amateurish, especially in the dialogue.
Except for its excesses and too-easy end, Mr. Dichter's original script takes us into Coen country.
The problem with the central character is that he starts off on such a low note of weak resistance that he doesn't have all that far to fall.
Ends up feeling suffocatingly self-centered.
The closer we get to unveiling Shiva ... the more ludicrous a conceit she becomes.
...Dichter expects us to accept his abrupt transformation from ruthless player to spiritual convert with nothing more than a teary confession.
... a showcase for Michael Laurence, a little-known New York theater actor, who delivers a persuasive and finely detailed portrait of a despicable man.
The film would benefit from another pair of eyes.
The kind of picture for which the phrase 'shows promise' was invented...As a theatrical offering, though, it's way out of its league.
Though clearly shot on a shoestring, it's handsome, tightly written and generally well acted.
It's not very often you get to see a feature film in which Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian wisdom work together to save a person's soul.
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