Rat Film Reviews

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December 28, 2017
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.
December 14, 2017
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.
October 12, 2017
[An] electrifying cinematic essay that asks us to reconsider a lot more than a maligned species.
September 25, 2017
[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.
September 25, 2017
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.
September 22, 2017
Anthony's film complicates the cultural position of the pest instead of merely exploiting it to bait the squeamish and easily grossed-out.
March 29, 2019
Rat Film tackles an unusual and complex subject in an original and engrossing manner, although the oversimplified racial metaphor is somewhat offensive.
March 21, 2019
While the film is something of a puzzler, it's recommended for those open to re-evaluating a much-maligned species of pest.
March 15, 2019
Zigzagging between historical, scientific and philosophical modes, between archival materials, clunky computer-game imagery and interviews with locals, Rat Film shows Baltimore to be a city divided along racial and economic lines.
December 5, 2018
Rat Film embraces an off-kilter essayistic form that digs through the city's legislative history of systematic segregation...
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