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  • Summary: Based on the Oscar nominated short, Cashback is the tale of life on the graveyard shift at a supermarket. When a bad break-up leads to insomnia, art student Ben joins the nocturnal existence of a group of young grocers who indulge in the art of the imagination. As Ben learns to let his run free, he begins to see beauty in the ordinary as well as the possibility to love again. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Slickly charming, genteelly erotic and directed with supreme polish, Cashback is a conventional romantic comedy that plays unconventional games with time and memory.
  2. A sleek little meditation on beauty, desire, love and time. Now and then, it's fairly sophisticated stuff.
  3. It's no small trick to blend fantasy, slapstick and genuine emotion, but Ellis pulls it off with whimsy to spare.
  4. Reviewed by: Emily Phillips
    60
    Much more than a tits and arse farce, this is an enjoyable, if lightweight effort.
  5. With Biggerstaff's breathless narration explaining every detail of the action, Cashback seems aimed at an audience that would rather be told a story than shown a movie.
  6. Springs from that childhood fantasy of being able to stop time and wander freely among the temporarily frozen. If only writer-director Sean Ellis had done more than use the conceit for a functional romance.
  7. Director Sean Ellis has a lovely eye, but he's set the film in his blind spot. Not only can't he distinguish between art and porn, savoring and wallowing, universal truths and exhausted clich├ęs -- he doesn't even seem interested in these distinctions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 28, 2012
    10
    GREAT FILM. This will probably be the only movie i will ever give a 10 to. Words can't really describe this movie. I first watched this streaming through netflix at 3 in the morning and it blew me away. Expand
  2. StanleyL
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    One of the greatest movie I've seen in my life. Sean Ellis described human emotional in the way never been before. Naturally and naked, the main character's emotion take you back when you first experience love. Beautifully and intelligently filmed but not everyone would understand the artistic of this movie. I'm sure those of us who appreciate the beauty of life will definitely love this movie. See it for yourself, see it through the eyes of artists, of nature lovers. Collapse
  3. Jun 22, 2014
    10
    Greatest movie ever made.Awesome writing and humor ,nudity and tragedy all were presented well.Acting and dialogues are very admirable.Should have won least 7 oscars. Expand
  4. RichEP.
    Aug 22, 2007
    8
    I don't know why a majority of reviews were so harsh on a rookies first major film- sure it was a tad sophomoric but it reminded me of all kinds of people I grew up with so I was able to suspend my perception of the film. I say a majority of film reviewers are jaded the average joe will dig this picture! Expand
  5. JayH.
    Mar 27, 2008
    8
    Innovative and imaginative, cleverly presented. I liked the stylish direction of Sean Ellis. It flowed well and was consistent. Beautiful story, filled with wonderful images. The creativity is just marvelous. Rich and good characters. Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2014
    6
    The problem with cashback is that it too hard to be so many things: an artsy film, an insightful drama, and a stupid brit comedy. Ok in parts, but overall leaves a bad taste in your mouth, like a can of beans that has been sitting far too long on the shelf. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2012
    0
    This is so boooooring! No plot, no acting, nothing takes off or goes anywhere. Ending is so out of reality, it's almost laughable. Maybe if you're a young teen, you might enjoy. Otherwise, you'd waste almost 2h of your time. Go rent something else. Expand

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