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Critic Reviews for Shuffle
Kuenne's screenplay has some great twists and surprising moments that illuminate its main character, proving that he has the chops to make more than merely genre film, but the ending overdoses on saccharine and overreaches.
Audience Reviews for Shuffle
A sci-fi drama that begins a bit slowly, but once the character (and you) figure out what is going on, the pace really picks up and the results are worthwhile. Has a bit of romance in it also. If you like the TV show Bones, you'll find a couple of actors here you know well. TJ Thyne holds his own in the lead role - not very dynamic, but decent.
This was a solid 4 stars for me, but it still fell short in some ways that would have perfected the movie. The manner of story telling was quite clever, and I think many different types of movies could be made employing a similar approach. I could feel the amateur qualities of this piece with the acting and the movie, but it was still quite interesting nonetheless. I really feel that the idea here could be remarkable if it were remade in the right hands. It was worth my time to watch it once. This movie would seem a great stepping stone career wise for some of the folks involved in making it.
In more than a few ways, this film is clever. The problem I had with Kurt Kuenne's film is having the main character speak to the audience. This is a challenging proposition for any film. Very few filmmakers and actors can get away with it. Kuenne and Thyne do not. It feels as if the film is winking at us as it propels us through would could have been a unique and interesting cinematic puzzle. Still, considering the low budget, it should not be viewed as a failure and T.J. Thyne is a very likable actor. Maybe next time.
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