The Talent Given Us Reviews

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April 29, 2009
It's a self-indulgent, utterly painful film that attempts to explore all sorts of genres, but it fails.
March 1, 2007
The ranting, whining, kvetching, self-involved family begins to outstay its welcome [...] so that time spent with them can feel like entrapment at a raucous bar mitzvah reception.
December 6, 2005
December 1, 2005
The unwashed talent and originality of "The Talent Given Us" makes it a compelling and fascinating film.
October 14, 2005
Maybe Andrew Wagner was hoping they would be endearingly human, but instead they come off as annoying, hardly the type of people we want to be stuck with for an hour and a half.
October 14, 2005
The result is a funny and sometimes touching docu-comedy, sort of like watching your parents if they were in the middle of a Woody Allen movie.
October 13, 2005
Faux documentary, home movie or unexpurgated family therapy? The Talent Given Us, a funny, surprising ride with a mercurial New York clan, is all three.
October 13, 2005
[A] one-of-a-kind movie that sends the family road-trip genre happily spinning into these self-obsessed, overanalytical times; it's National Lampoon's Vacation as re-imagined by Dr. Phil.
October 13, 2005
Andrew Wagner's deeply original, awe-inspiring The Talent Given Us defies classification, another mongrel marvel traducing the boundaries of documentary and fiction.
October 13, 2005
Deftly embraces some of the trademarks of documentary and cinema verit (using handheld cameras and non-actors, and shooting all on location) to effectively blur fact and fiction.
October 13, 2005
The notion that there is no escape from one's family is elevated-and ameliorated-by the inkling that the Wagners' story is, in fact, real.
October 7, 2005
Ultimately, the movie isn't as strong as the idea behind the movie, or the people inside that idea.
October 7, 2005
What initially seems hard to watch, even excruciating at times, becomes hard not to, a fascinating fiction that seems to be more real than just about any actual documentary you can imagine.
September 29, 2005
If you enjoy HBO's cult hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this bawdy, heartbreaking, deeply discomfiting mockumentary.
September 29, 2005
A brave, funny, affecting film.
September 23, 2005
A work of inspired, embarrassingly hilarious, uncomfortable fiction.
September 22, 2005
It's tough to describe The Talent Given Us, which is why it's fascinating.
September 15, 2005
Amounts to something like a home movie, offering more interest and entertainment inside the subject brood than it would to outsiders.
September 4, 2005
What starts out seeming courageous rapidly reveals itself as a narcissistic, opportunistic stunt.
August 30, 2005
travels to some very unexpected places with its warts and all dissection of a family dynamic
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