The Talent Given Us Reviews

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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
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
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.
August 30, 2005
travels to some very unexpected places with its warts and all dissection of a family dynamic
August 21, 2005
The Talent Given Us is disarming in its fearless confrontation with mortality and the perpetual quest for nothing less than life.
July 29, 2005
It's fiction -- but it's fiction with the cutting edge of truth. It's so funny, it hurts.
July 28, 2005
The rhythm is that of a Christopher Guest mockumentary, and the acting is a near-perfect match.
July 5, 2005
After awhile, you start feeling as if you've been cooped up with the Upper West Side's answer to 'The Bickersons' for way too long. Yet in the end, The Talent Given Us represents a highly original filmmaking debut for Wagner.
June 30, 2005
...confounding, funny, horrifying, and eventually irresistibly absorbing.
June 30, 2005
The Talent Given Us appalls as much as it entertains.
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