What Is It? (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

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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.

December 8, 2006 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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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.

November 16, 2006 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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A shocker, but not a world-class one.

November 16, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
Chicago Tribune
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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.

November 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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It isn't the blatant affronts - the aspects aimed to shock - that upset me, but the fact that the film lacks heart.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Eye for Film

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

October 25, 2006
Slant Magazine

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