Wild Canaries Reviews

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November 9, 2018
While there are funny moments, mostly coming from Levine and Shawkat's performances, most of the film is lackluster, especially the relationships between the characters.
August 21, 2017
[Lawrence Michael] Levine juices the intrigue with humor (a dub-intensive score elevates the tension), and that helps to keep things engaging, but man oh man, can these people be exasperating.
June 21, 2016
Clearly, Canaries is all about the couple at its core, who are both drawn smoothly.
November 12, 2015
Married filmmakers Takal and Levine have an easy rapport, and they elicit likable performances from all their cast. (Even the villains are hard to hate.)
March 13, 2015
This screwball noir about a Brooklyn couple who investigate the death of their elderly neighbor is an enthusiastic but bungled effort at a comedic thriller.
March 5, 2015
Attempting to capture the screwball essence of the old-school suspense-comedy ... Lawrence Michael Levine's flighty "Wild Canaries" lacks the filmmaking discipline required to pay effective homage.
March 5, 2015
Cute or presumptuous? It's your call where "Wild Canaries" is concerned.
March 5, 2015
Levine deftly toes the seriocomic line, making us sure nothing underhanded has actually occurred in one scene and making us question that certainty in the next.
March 4, 2015
It's like "Scooby-Doo" for the artisanal cupcake set.
February 28, 2015
The genre play is an interesting take on what has become a clich genre of Brooklyn relationship dramedy. But unfortunately, the execution is bungled along the way, and the film ends up feeling like not quite one thing and not quite the other.
February 27, 2015
It offers an unpredictable ride that's kind of fun, or at least sporadically simulates fun.
February 27, 2015
A delightful diversion that succeeds in spoofing the film noir genre while simultaneously spinning a thoroughly-modern variation on the theme of those classic crime capers.
Top Critic
February 26, 2015
It's evident that the film is largely a lark, that Levin is having fun creating comic sparks by smashing a murder mystery together with a group of self-centered detectives, plot details be damned.
February 26, 2015
The stars of the show are Levine and Takal, whose performances not only perfect the film's comic tempo, but also suggest that their real-life relationship has influenced every frustrated argument and passionate kiss seen in the film.
February 26, 2015
Like much of Woody Allen's mid-career work, it's a light romantic comedy handled with aplomb.
February 25, 2015
Despite an appealing cast, though, neither comedy nor suspense really takes flight until very near the end, largely due to a script that isn't equal to the filmmakers' enthusiasm.
February 25, 2015
'Wild Canaries' is a polished indie homage to screwball comedy, but its retro fever is not shallow. Its understanding of the subgenre runs deep.
Top Critic
February 25, 2015
At its core, Wild Canaries is a reminder that relationships require a sense of adventure, and maybe a little mystery, to keep the magic alive. Indie comedies, as the film proves, benefit from the same.
February 25, 2015
On paper, "Wild Canaries" sounds like it has all the ingredients for a reasonably diverting comedy, but they just never quite pull together into a cohesive or entertaining whole.
February 24, 2015
Setting this pair of squirrelly, suspicious minds loose on matters of love and death, Mr. Levine spins a caper that wins you over more through tenacity than through originality.
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