The Little Death Reviews

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November 13, 2018
What will likely make "The Little Death" more resonant is how organically funny it is, smuggling in bits of truth about the ways we hide our true selves from one another amidst a sea of well-conceived and executed comic set-ups.
August 28, 2018
So entertaining, so funny, so hilarious.
September 27, 2017
This debut feature deftly weaves together a host of surreal scenarios into a consistently funny and surprising package, as performed by a top-notch cast that includes stage luminaries Kate Mulvany and Damon Herriman.
June 20, 2016
Josh Lawson's film does its best not to judge its characters, and his jokes occasionally probe some dark and daring territory.
February 26, 2016
The Little Death pushes the boundaries but isn't offensive, and at times the comedy really works.
December 30, 2015
What prevents such risque material becoming a turn-off is the injection of genuine love into each tale.
December 26, 2015
The film is an odd mixture of comedy and melodrama, with some tragedy thrown in. I would have liked it better had the film stuck to the comic elements and dumped the rest, but there is enough effective comedy in it for me to recommend it.
November 12, 2015
It's both edgy and warm-hearted, as it depicts the secret lives of five suburban couples who live in Sydney.
August 5, 2015
The Little Death is a cautionary tale to selfishness and sexual conservatism; told with a desire to be cringe-worthy. It's clever, but it knows it.
July 9, 2015
Frequently funny and sometimes perhaps offensive in the darkness of its humor.
July 2, 2015
The Little Death is [Lawson's] feature film debut, and it's beautifully scripted, each of its five story lines working out the comic implications of a perverse urge.
July 1, 2015
it goes down as easy as Junior Soprano on Bobbi Sanfillipo, which is both a blessing and a curse for Lawson's Hollywood-slick romantic comedy.
June 30, 2015
[B]racing bursts of unlikely honesty in overlapping vignettes about five couples, their sexual hopes, fetishes and downfalls, with a sequence of endings that come together in a ravishingly sustained comic climax.
June 29, 2015
The mood will be too mild and shock-free for fans of Todd Solondz or early Neil LaBute; yet the film is sufficiently cool and quizzical to make you wonder where Lawson will turn next.
June 26, 2015
[E]xactly the sort of cheeky morbid you might expect from the title... [T]his isn't a sexy movie in the least, for all its bold and very welcome frankness. Instead, it's funny in a way that critiques romantic dysfunction.
June 25, 2015
Darkly funny, occasionally poignant and teeming with the unexpected.
June 25, 2015
A game cast, including Kim Gyngell as a former sex offender with baking skills, goes a long way in selling Lawson's hard-working material.
Top Critic
June 25, 2015
A winning humanity seeps through the high jinks. Lawson comes not to judge, but to assess the unintended consequences of sexual free play.
June 25, 2015
The vignettes... manage to be funnier than not.
June 25, 2015
The Little Death never feels remotely of a piece, and is likely to find its proper audience months from now when the individual sketches show up on YouTube.
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