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The Operator Reviews

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2002
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.
| Original Score: B-
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Eli Sanders
Seattle Times
January 25, 2002
This debut film from local writer-director Jon Dichter has an interesting concept, but its execution feels a bit amateurish, especially in the dialogue.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 24, 2002
...Dichter expects us to accept his abrupt transformation from ruthless player to spiritual convert with nothing more than a teary confession.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... a showcase for Michael Laurence, a little-known New York theater actor, who delivers a persuasive and finely detailed portrait of a despicable man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
The film would benefit from another pair of eyes.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 8, 2001
The kind of picture for which the phrase 'shows promise' was invented...As a theatrical offering, though, it's way out of its league.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
December 6, 2001
Except for its excesses and too-easy end, Mr. Dichter's original script takes us into Coen country.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 18, 2001
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.
October 15, 2001
Though clearly shot on a shoestring, it's handsome, tightly written and generally well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
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.
Top Critic
October 12, 2001
Ends up feeling suffocatingly self-centered.
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Jan Stuart
October 12, 2001
The closer we get to unveiling Shiva ... the more ludicrous a conceit she becomes.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 12, 2001
A nifty little indie sleeper.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 12, 2001
Until it swerves out of control, however, The Operator ... offers a reasonably entertaining caricature of macho nouveau-riche hubris.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 9, 2001
Would be insufferably preachy if it weren't such a rookie's-first-day botch.
Christopher Null
October 1, 2001
A pretty good time, especially considering its obvious budget constraints.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
September 28, 2001
Sardonic, chic, sexy, The Operator gives sharp new meaning to 411.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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