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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
April 4, 2003
A film, which, for all its energy, never quite sparks into life.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Though I admired the idea behind the film, the execution, and the performances, the material doesn't seem to add up to anything.
Rob Blackwelder
November 15, 2001
The one-room structure almost sinks the film because the more uncomfortable the situation becomes, the more you wonder why characters don't just up and leave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2001
You never quite escape the feeling you're watching a barely adapted TV version of a somewhat gimmicky stage play.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 2, 2001
Linklater's movie of a Stephen Belber play is for half its length a dull, two-character drama crying out for fresh blood.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 5, 2002
Isn't anybody else bothered by the fact that these digital 'films' look like used toilet paper?
Shawn Levy
November 30, 2001
Linklater's direction -- all fidgety angles and superfluous motion -- tries vainly to goose and energize a situation that far too often is flat, unengaging and even repellent.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
November 16, 2001
Feeling far more like a stage play or a cinematic exercise posing as an important film with a strong social statement, the picture is grounded by too many problems to work as well as it might have had it been opened up more, both literally and figurative.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
November 26, 2001
"Would you guys just figure out what the fuck you're talking about?" Actual line from the film. Actual way you might feel by the time that line is uttered.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
The question that comes to the viewer's mind is: Who cares?
Harvey S. Karten
October 12, 2001
Intermittently involving but lacking in wit, style and variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norm Schrager
September 6, 2001
A failure of a low-budget project if ever there was one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 1, 2001
This really isn't one of those things that warrant the big screen.
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Paul Tatara
November 2, 2001
The banter isn't sharp enough to drive the story, and Linklater's lack of visual elegance is a major hindrance.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 2, 2001
Seems both derivative and indulgent, equal parts actors' exercise and junior-league Harold Pinter.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 6, 2001
A pedestrian filmization of a three-character play that comes across like a watered-down combination of Sam Shepard and David Mamet.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 15, 2001
Unfortunately can't transcend its theatrical roots and the actors, good as they are, seem like they're grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Greg Muskewitz
November 19, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
December 5, 2001
Picture a typical student film with its arty angles, bad lighting and pretentious observations.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 7, 2001
A failed experiment with arresting moments.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 16, 2001
Peter Bradshaw
July 19, 2002
What this shows is how excitingly possible it is to make a feature-length movie on a credit-card-sized budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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