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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 20, 2005
I think it's an interesting experiment, but it was very difficult for me to make it all the way to the end.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 29, 2005
Intermittently funny and grating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 11, 2005
Autobiographical or not, the frankness and family hysteria of this rolling therapy session gets awkwardly intimate and at times tough to endure...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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+
August 12, 2005
It's not as much fun as taking a road trip with your own family, but at least you're not stuck in the backseat of the car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Biggers
June 27, 2005
As a sheer comedy, The Talent Given Us is head and shoulders above most if not all comedies of 2005 thus far.
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
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
August 11, 2005
May give even die-hard voyeurs the heebie-jeebies ... Anybody who has ever suffered through someone else's slide reel should consider this fair warning.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 14, 2005
You will never see anything like it in your entire life, but I'm not exactly sure it should ever be seen outside first-time director Andrew Wagner's living room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
August 10, 2005
The big problem with this verité film is that nothing in it is verified. Verily, a lot of it is just B.S.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 26, 2005
We're encouraged to believe that at least some of what we're hearing is a reflection of 'real' family concerns, but the film makes it impossible to tell what's genuine and what's pretend in all the soul-baring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 21, 2005
Stuck in a van with these annoying motor mouths left me wanting to scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 17, 2005
It would all amount to little more than an uncomfortable hour and a half of dirty laundry if it weren't for the natural charm of Allen and Judy Wagner, nonactors who nevertheless project an unexpected amount of charisma.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2005
It's difficult to see how this picture -- essentially chronicling a long car trip -- could mean much to anyone but the Wagners and their friends and relatives.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 12, 2005
Ultimately the film's insights and observations seem not so much universal as self-absorbed and solipsistic.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 12, 2005
Most of us really, really don't want to be a fly on the wall while somebody else's family works out its issues in interstate therapy sessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 16, 2005
Pretty much a stunt, and not an entirely successful one...on balance the nuggets are embedded in just too much dross.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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