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.
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 7, 2005
Ultimately, the movie isn't as strong as the idea behind the movie, or the people inside that idea.
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 29, 2005
Intermittently funny and grating.
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.
August 21, 2005
Stuck in a van with these annoying motor mouths left me wanting to scream.
August 16, 2005
Pretty much a stunt, and not an entirely successful one...on balance the nuggets are embedded in just too much dross.
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.
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.
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.
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...
August 10, 2005
The big problem with this verit film is that nothing in it is verified. Verily, a lot of it is just B.S.
July 12, 2005
Ultimately the film's insights and observations seem not so much universal as self-absorbed and solipsistic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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