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  • Summary: This gritty drama focuses on the misfits who hang out in a rundown California pool hall.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 75
    Chalk is not the kind of movie many people will appreciate at first viewing. You have to understand who Nilsson and his actors are, and give some thought to the style, to appreciate it.
  2. 75
    Difficult but rewarding.
  3. 70
    What gives the film extra weight is the sense that these are not just actors trying to enhance their careers but real people seizing a chance for immortality.
  4. 50
    Finally fails to escape the conventions of the Hollywood cinema it so proudly deplores.
  5. Has unusual visual vitality in a John Cassavetes vein. For the adventurous, it's worth checking out.
  6. Reviewed by: Edvin Beitiks
    50
    An impressive low-whistle, hardscrabble look at the world of pool sharks and the people who crisscross their lives.
  7. Emerges as an artful, courageous, experimental work that is as compelling as it is impaired.

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