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The film as a whole feels sort of retro as a tawdry cautionary tale.
Lurid and cheesy and sometimes unintentionally funny.
Another cautionary yarn about a political hopeful whose adulterous behavior catches up with him, Mora Stephens' "Zipper" hits a snag from the get-go.
What "Zipper" lacks in depth it makes up in interesting, morally shaded supporting characters.
Mr. Wilson, as dexterous with righteous bravado as with calibrated self-disgust, ably captures Sam's growing enslavement to his impulses.
Zipper takes its sleaze seriously, which isn't quite the same thing as actually caring about it.
[It] plays like one of those sections in certain House of Cards episodes that feel cheap and easy and trashy. For a minute or two it's fun, before it quickly becomes laborious and grating.
None to subtle in its approach, Zipper works only when it wants to.
It's a muddled tale of sexual obsession that's both predictable and ridiculous, although Wilson brings some depth to his performance.
Too much of the feature is devoted to condom unwrapping, not an excavation into the black heart of personal excess.
Zipper is yet another political thriller laced with adultery, but despite Patrick Wilson's surefire performance, it's not a particularly interesting one.
[Zipper is] clumsily structured with poorly drawn characters ... it's ugly, boring, and a complete waste of time.
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