Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    Amateur, the fourth film of American independent filmmaker Hal Hartley, is by far his best - though, in the wake of "The Unbelievable Truth," "Trust" and "Simple Men," that is, admittedly, not saying much. [05 May 1995]
  2. The particulars of the plot don't make a great deal of sense, but Hartley's films have much more to do with style, or rather a philosophical refusal to show emotional involvement.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Hartley turns what might have been a lurid pulp thriller into a freeze-dried art thing. He squeezes all the juice out of pulp. [19 May 1995]
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Amy Gamerman
    Amateur is curiously monotone: a pulp fiction with all the pulp strained out. [13 Apr 1995]

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