|Miramax Films | Release Date: April 4, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.
Funny, profane and surprisingly painful at times.
Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit. [May 5, 1997}
Smith shows the grasp of character and offbeat humor that really registered in "Clerks," and a subtler mastery of film fluidity and professionalism than anything in the cheesy, amateurish "Mallrats."
What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue.
Has a squawky, endearing, pugnacious angst about it, like Adams. It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.
Its honesty and insights are refreshing.
Until he (Smith) learns the difference between what has meaning and what's meandering, what feels real and what feels contrived, he'd be better off sticking to the funny stuff.
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