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Putty Hill Reviews

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September 28, 2017
[Matthew] Porterfield has achieved something hugely impressive; he's managed to make an improvised movie using regular people that is immensely watchable and not just in relation to the circumstances it was made under but in relation to movies in general
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 27, 2017
It's not triumph-of-the-human-spirit territory, but... For these kids in these circumstances, a little bit of grace is plenty.
February 28, 2016
What brings the bare-bones narrative alive is the mostly improvised dialogue created by the actors as the camera prepared to roll.
February 2, 2012
While this film could win some kind of award for getting the most out of a limited budget, the low budget of the film is a handicap that isn't fully overcome. It is an experimental film that works part of the time and fails part of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 5, 2012
Porterfield's ingenious structural choices and the film's exemplary sense of place... [are] only enough to make the film tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 12, 2011
We are given a realistic impression of America's disenfranchised young.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 8, 2011
This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.
August 8, 2011
Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires.
July 6, 2011
There are moments of lyrical beauty and Porterfield never patronises his subjects, but a sense of tranquilised resignation dominates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2011
American indie film has been lost in the murk of the mumblecore student scene recently but with Putty Hill, I felt a real thrill that something new is stirring.
June 17, 2011
The originality here lies in the fact that the unseen director, Matt Porterfield, armed with his camera, asks them about their feelings.
June 16, 2011
Matt Porterfield's docu-realist indie drama is a tough, demanding watch - but also a rewarding one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2011
Place: Baltimore. Style: mumblecore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2011
Porterfield's rejection of obvious irony makes this not only a warm film, but one which shows the real face of America's poor, young and disenfranchised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2011
The fatal misstep, I think, is his decision to ask the characters questions from off camera, documentary style, so characters look directly into the camera to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2011
It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2011
With "Putty Hill," Porterfield joins the company of American indie directors Ramin Bahrani and Kelly Reichardt, filmmakers often compelled to seek out everyday souls in their textured, oh-so quotidian environs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2011
It looks closely, burrows deep, considers the way in which lives have become pointless and death therefore less meaningful.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 7, 2011
"Putty Hill" transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2011
A creative and risky blend of a character-driven drama and a documentary about some alienated working-class people in a slummy suburb of Baltimore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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