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  • Summary: Meet Jack, Eric, Bill, Roberta, and Harvey -- five cinemaniacs whose viewing habits make regular old cinephiles look like simple recreational moviegoers. (Tribeca Film Festival)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. You may become a cinemaniac yourself after sitting through this beauty.
  2. 88
    What Christlieb and Kijak do so well is keeping these folks from not seeming like loons.
  3. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    80
    A fun time and a must-see.
  4. The filmmakers aren't exactly cruel, but they focus on compulsion rather than passion, which by implication tends to tarnish the more intellectual and scholarly members of the breed.
  5. It's too short, and it doesn't delve deep enough. But it's thoroughly enjoyable.
  6. A couple of the cinemaniacs are less defined than others, but the portrait that emerges is a detailed composite of life on the fringe.
  7. 50
    A voyeuristic look at voyeurs, Cinemania never seems sure whether it's a comedy or a tragedy. Instead, the film just seems intent on depicting its subjects as lovable kooks, a reductive portrayal that does little to acknowledge the desperation and loneliness that permeates every frame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MetteT.
    Jun 12, 2006
    10
    this was my favorite film at Göteborg Film Festival a few years ago and i have seen it again since...i think if you look for this was my favorite film at Göteborg Film Festival a few years ago and i have seen it again since...i think if you look for 'reasons' you will find them...do you need everythign explained to you and served on a platter - i think this pop-psychology attitude is very simplistic - the characters are revealed beautifully through the detail of their crazy lives - they are endearing, revealing and ultimately very human. i feel sad for you to miss the whole point of the film! and the end, this is the best, smartest ending of all. The reflexive quality of showing filmbuffs a film of themselves, yes, this is a very smart reference to jean Rouch i think, but wow, it made me love it all the more. Expand
  2. LowellHighschool
    Feb 5, 2006
    0
    What a bore. The directors I believe got lost and never found what they were looking, and that is reasoning for why these people have an What a bore. The directors I believe got lost and never found what they were looking, and that is reasoning for why these people have an obbsesion with movies. Besides the movie has no direction and in the end goes no where . Expand

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