Rat Film

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Rat Film explores the history of Baltimore, shedding light on the humans that live there with the help of science's favorite test subject.

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Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat-as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem".

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  • Artfully assembled and often entertaining, the diverse whole nonetheless doesn't quite gel, with the film finally coming off as somewhat pretentious and heavy-handed.

    Dec 28, 2017 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Though Theo Anthony's eclectic documentary Rat Film has the urban-dwelling rodent on its mind, it treats rats not as a subject but as a microcosm for systemic injustice.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

    Vikram Murthi

    AV Club
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  • [An] electrifying cinematic essay that asks us to reconsider a lot more than a maligned species.

    Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [Theo] Anthony's feature-length debut careens from scientific observation and historical overview to spiritual inquiry with a freewheeling approach that never ceases to surprise, even as it maintains a cogent thesis.

    Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • It takes a certain kind of nerve for a director to entitle his debut feature-length work Rat Film, but there's much more to Theo Anthony's richly informative essay on the planet's most-maligned critters than its bluntly confrontational moniker.

    Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Anthony's film complicates the cultural position of the pest instead of merely exploiting it to bait the squeamish and easily grossed-out.

    Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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