Rat Film Reviews

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.
September 15, 2017
Rat Film is an odd and captivating experience, and its fluid style is its most distinguishing characteristic.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
Rat Film somehow manages to combine the rigors of good journalism ... with a formal structure that is about as far from journalism as you can get.
September 14, 2017
This is a docu-essay of a high, searching order and as written, directed, photographed and edited by Anthony, it's a 2017 highlight.
September 14, 2017
Equal parts disturbing and humorous, informative and bizarre, "Rat Film" is a brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.