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Led by a strong starring performance from Vayu O'Donnell, Survival Skills takes a singularly strange -- but mostly satisfying -- look at law enforcement. Read critic reviews

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A seemingly perfect policeman lands in over his head when he tries to resolve a case of domestic violence.

Cast & Crew

Vayu O'Donnell
Jim Williams
Ericka Kreutz
Allison Lohmann
Emily Chisholm
Leah Jenning
Stacy Keach
The Narrator
Madeline Anderson
Lauren Jenning
Alex Matthews
Howard
Quinn Armstrong
Director
Quinn Armstrong
Screenwriter
Michael Orion Downing
Producer
Colin West
Producer
Allie Schultz
Cinematographer
Keara Burton
Film Editor
Mark Hadley
Original Music
C. Leigh Goldsmith
Production Design
Rachel Kinnard
Costume Designer
Jeremy Gordon
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Critic Reviews for Survival Skills

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

  • A head trip that shoots off into unexpected and topical directions.

    December 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Survival Skills feels like something you'd stumble upon on Adult Swim circa 2014, sandwiched between Too Many Cooks and reruns of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

    November 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • None of this would work without a stunning and nuanced performance by O'Donnell.

    November 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Quinn Armstrong's Survival Skills is a peculiar film. It's adequately made, to be sure, and there's something to be said for the 80s safety guide style of yore. It just doesn't seem be sure what it's trying to say.

    January 27, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Survival Skills is at times disturbing, and Armstrong just about keeps a handle on what could have been a difficult tonal switch, and the end product is something quite special.

    January 13, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's weird and not entirely successful, but at least Survival Skills has a profound sense of purpose.

    December 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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