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  • Summary: Set in small-town America circa 1953, A Hole in One is a screwball-noir starring Michelle Williams as Anna, a young woman whose desire for mental health leads her to covet its latest fashion -- transorbital lobotomy. (Chapeau Films)
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    This oddball tale of a small-town gangster's troubled girlfriend hovers uncertainly on the edge of an absurdist universe.
  2. 60
    Looks and sounds better than the average indie film debut.
  3. 50
    First-time writer-director Richard Ledes's mystical tone and pervasive swipes from David Lynch tend to suffocate his satire, and stunt casting doesn't help.
  4. Director-writer Richard Ledes shows better command of 1950s period atmosphere than he does of either his subject or his cast.
  5. The anesthetized, deadpan performances -- except for Meat Loaf as Anna's gangster boyfriend, who's so over-the-top it appears he stumbled in from another movie -- and dull storytelling result in an unsuccessful mix of screwball comedy, melodrama and noir.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Writer-director Richard Ledes' dreadfully misconceived, pitch-black, film-noir comedy seeks to find the humor in the post-WWII mental hygiene boom, and the result is way off target.
  7. With its heavy symbolism and awkward, lurching pace, A Hole in One leaves viewers with little more than the vague conviction - which I think I already had going in - that falling in love is better than an ice pick to the brain.

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