The Talent Given Us Reviews

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
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.
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 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.
July 29, 2005
It's fiction -- but it's fiction with the cutting edge of truth. It's so funny, it hurts.
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 29, 2005
A film of uncommon originality.
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 18, 2005
Brutally truthful, funny and touching in nearly equal measure, this semi-autobiographical, micro-budget road movie lacks any of the obvious bells and whistles that even indie features seem to need nowadays.
June 17, 2005
Weird and wonderful.
June 17, 2005
Its remarkable candor is like spending a memorably hilarious, harrowing and unforgettable weekend with your wacky in-laws.
June 16, 2005
Andrew Wagner's strange and delightful movie shouldn't work but does rather remarkably.
June 14, 2005
This raw, fascinating, often unpleasant film is not in the least coy about its queasy mix of exploitation and therapeutic exhibitionism.