The Plagiarists

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Director Peter Parlow's dramatic meditation on the distinction between authenticity and plagiarism revolves around Anna and Tyler, a young white couple on their way home to Philadelphia. After their car breaks down, they accept the help and hospitality of a middle-aged black man (Michael Payne). Anna (an aspiring writer) and Tyler (an aspiring filmmaker) are each fascinated by his eloquence and camcorder collection.

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (5)

  • An adventurous comic thumping worth the working over of your sensibilities.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The satire's so meta that its whiny protagonists threaten to eclipse the joke.

    Jun 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A deeply frustrated film that is often frustrating to watch, yet it is most rewarding as a meditation on the obstacles modern day artists must contend with when living paycheck to paycheck.

    Jun 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Plagiarists ponders authenticity, yet its characters and conflicts feel synthetic.

    Jun 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • Its crude imagery and the sharp editing that implicitly contradicts it are deliberate components of a termite-like digging into the permutations of postmodern cultural work.

    Jun 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [T]hough part of what's fun about its twist is that it's simultaneously so intellectualized and so offhand that Anna ends up spending a significant chunk of time explaining how it constitutes a reversal of expectations.

    Jun 26, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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