What Is It? (2005)



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Eccentric actor Crispin Glover makes his feature directorial debut with this Dadaist film experiment about a snail-obsessed boy searching for a way home while struggling with his racist inner psyche. Featuring a cast comprised almost entirely of Down Syndrome-affected actors, What Is It? is the first installment of the surreal "It" trilogy. The second installment, entitled It is Fine! Everything is Fine, followed in 2007.


Critic Reviews for What Is It?

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

It's clear that [director] Glover is less interested in narrative than in rekindling a rich midnight-movie/avant-garde tradition that encompasses everything from Maya Deren and Jack Smith to Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch.

Dec 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Glover, who appears in the film as a kind of barbarian dictator-auteur, lacks both the self-imposed ideological innocence and the talent for composing sounds and images of David Lynch.

Nov 16, 2006 | Full Review…

A shocker, but not a world-class one.

Nov 16, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

His directorial debut, What Is It? -- which plays as part of a double bill with a live, enthusiastically performed slide show in which Mr. Glover displays pages from his recent series of books -- is just as unclassifiable as he is.

Nov 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

It isn't the blatant affronts - the aspects aimed to shock - that upset me, but the fact that the film lacks heart.

Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film, for all of its very explicit connections to other works, is still a thing of unique madness.

Oct 25, 2006

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