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  • Summary: While the Duplass Brothers were shooting their last feature film The Puffy Chair, a crew member raised the question “what’s the scariest thing you can think of?” Someone immediately said “a guy with a bag on his head staring into your window.” Some agreed,
    but some thought it was downright
    While the Duplass Brothers were shooting their last feature film The Puffy Chair, a crew member raised the question “what’s the scariest thing you can think of?” Someone immediately said “a guy with a bag on his head staring into your window.” Some agreed,
    but some thought it was downright ridiculous and, if anything, funny (but definitely not scary). Thus, BAGHEAD was born, an attempt to take the absurdly low-concept idea of a “guy with a bag on his head” and make a funny, truthful, endearing film that, maybe, just maybe, was a little bit scary, too. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  • Director: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 84 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. 83
    Baghead has a nearly documentary quality that infuses it with a sense of heightened stakes and real peril. In a characteristically offhanded way, it's cunningly skillful.
  2. 80
    Baghead is a kick in the pants.
  3. Kind of funny and kind of scary, Baghead's central horror motif is merely a structure on which to hang its four-character story about the depth of relationships and the drive to find meaningful work.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    They've made a movie about trickery that neatly tricks its viewers into laughing, then screaming, then laughing again.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    60
    Spectacularly self-absorbed protagonists step on each other, jockeying first for position, and ultimately for survival.
  6. Too bad the movies collapses at the end when we find out what's really going on. Baghead is so much more vivid when it's indefinite.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    30
    It's an indie about indies--meta, right?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    9
    I really enjoyed Baghead, the first film from the Duplass Brothers that I have seen. It is a nice, simple premise film that makes it seem likeI really enjoyed Baghead, the first film from the Duplass Brothers that I have seen. It is a nice, simple premise film that makes it seem like a good enough filmmaker can make a movie out of any premise and still make it enjoyable. But Baghead's most positive factor is that the characters exist in a reality, full of awkward moments, humor, and surprising bursts of actually scary moments (although not overtly and not in excess) that I really enjoyed. Steve Zissis provides a particularly funny performance and Greta Gerwig is always fun to watch, especially because this was when she was in her early, breakout indie films. I feel like Steve Zissis could have gone on to bigger roles in bigger films, but, ah. In short, this is a breezy, funny, real, admirably small, and kinda scary film, and that is something to cherish. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2010
    6
    I rather liked this film. The cast is awesome! Greta Gerwig is a charming scene-stealer here as she was in house of the devil. RossI rather liked this film. The cast is awesome! Greta Gerwig is a charming scene-stealer here as she was in house of the devil. Ross Partridge and Steve Zissis are adorable as two long-time buds. Expand
  3. JayH.
    Dec 18, 2008
    5
    Good effort, but overall it just didn't work for me. The cast does a good job, and the low budget doesn't hinder the film, I just Good effort, but overall it just didn't work for me. The cast does a good job, and the low budget doesn't hinder the film, I just never found it engrossing. Expand
  4. JimG.
    Jan 10, 2009
    4
    Smug pretense about smug pretense is a whole bunch o' nothin.

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