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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a self-indulgent, utterly painful film that attempts to explore all sorts of genres, but it fails.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 1, 2005
The unwashed talent and originality of "The Talent Given Us" makes it a compelling and fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Damon Smith
Time Out
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.
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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.
| Original Score: B+
Ray Pride
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.
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 13, 2005
Deftly embraces some of the trademarks of documentary and cinema verité (using handheld cameras and non-actors, and shooting all on location) to effectively blur fact and fiction.
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Shauna Lyon
New Yorker
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2005
Ultimately, the movie isn't as strong as the idea behind the movie, or the people inside that idea.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2005
A brave, funny, affecting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 23, 2005
A work of inspired, embarrassingly hilarious, uncomfortable fiction.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 22, 2005
It's tough to describe The Talent Given Us, which is why it's fascinating.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 15, 2005
Amounts to something like a home movie, offering more interest and entertainment inside the subject brood than it would to outsiders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 4, 2005
What starts out seeming courageous rapidly reveals itself as a narcissistic, opportunistic stunt.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 30, 2005
travels to some very unexpected places with its warts and all dissection of a family dynamic
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 29, 2005
Intermittently funny and grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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