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This hectoring visual style becomes particularly irritating in combination with his rigid social stereotyping.
O'Grady is very good, but she can't make the hard-to-watch Rid of Me dramatically credible.
Unconvincing tale of self-empowerment has attitude and anxiety but nothing underneath.
Westby's nervy story is like "Desperately Seeking Susan" played straight. Let's hope O'Grady's next film meets this one's potential.
Comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling.
Think of it as a coming-of-age story ten years too late.
O'Grady is miraculous, but "Rid of Me" is more ordinary stuff.
The beginning may have you wanting to bolt, but stick around, like its heroine does, and you'll be surprised by and drawn into this director's sick but quite relatable vision.
It's a bittersweet ode to downward mobility and letting go that's a throwback to a time when slackerdom was more of a lifestyle choice than something forced upon you by grim economic realities.
"Rid of Me" is a dud.
At once hopelessly amateurish and given to desperate assertions of auterist "virtuosity", the film seems as lost as its perpetually confused and gratingly childlike protagonist.
Director James Westby breathes life in the suburban satire (hipsters don't come off that well either) and also brings a caffeinated jolt to micro-budget Northwestern filmmaking.
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