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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Reviews

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
September 23, 2011
Who's the street artist behind these tiles? More importantly, who cares?
| Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2011
The testimony we hear from suspects' neighbors and similarly curious media underlings feels muted, like a halfhearted repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 2, 2011
Riveting, innovative and provocative are just three of the adjectives that never occurred to me while watching the documentary "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2011
Doc about an urban art enigma strains to maintain suspense.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 31, 2011
An Errol Morris-lite essay that's a mildly diverting curio at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 2, 2011
Without a satisfying resolution, the movie ultimately sheds very little light on its own subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2011
If you know nothing about the tiles, the film might play like an urban mini-thriller. It's never entirely satisfying, however, and the filmmakers seem to run out of steam before their story is told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
July 31, 2011
Detective documentaries, those that themselves attempt to unlock mysteries or follow subjects who do, can be some of the most satisfying to watch, and Resurrect Dead is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
August 30, 2011
Resurrect Dead works splendidly as a threadbare urban mystery, teasing out details and complications without withholding too much information.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 22, 2011
This doc is interesting not because of the explanation, but because of the investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 1, 2011
It's a ride worth more for its journey than its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Edward Douglas
August 30, 2011
A terrific sleeper doc that somehow finds a way of pulling you into its investigation and makes you wonder about what drives people to do the things they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sarah Boslaugh
January 25, 2012
...a skillful yet fairly ordinary festival film that tells a moderately intriguing story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 23, 2011
Filmmaker Jon Foy sets it to a thriller's pace, even contributing his own fateful score.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 1, 2011
Though their quarry eventually appears to be a model of paranoia and prejudice, it's the thrill of the hunt that keeps "Resurrect Dead" compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
January 31, 2011
Entertaining as a sleuthing expedition though amateurish as filmmaking.
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
February 11, 2011
Documentary subjects are seldom this mysterious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
September 8, 2011
Resurrect Dead is a consideration of how the material world can intersect with imagined worlds.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
Fascinating, accomplished and surprisingly emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 15, 2011
Pieces together an irresistible puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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