Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 18, 2013
    There are some who have complained that C.O.G. ends too abruptly, but it has the bracing, devastating punctuation of a fine short story.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 3, 2013
    C.O.G. is probably of the most interest to Sedaris fans curious to see how the humorist’s unique tone translates to film (the answer is moderately well).
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 20, 2013
    The curious thing about C.O.G is that it doesn't play like a straightforward adaptation. Much of the mood comes from ingredients that have nothing to do with story or dialogue.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 16, 2013
    The source material may be David Sedaris (this marks the first time the essayist has allowed one of his pieces to be adapted), but the tone couldn’t be more Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who once again steers auds to some gloriously uncomfortable places.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Sep 20, 2013
    People going to C.O.G. expecting a re-creation of one of Sedaris's reliably uproarious readings of his own material will be disappointed. People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.
  6. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Sep 19, 2013
    Deft director Kyle Patrick Alvarez concocts a subtle brew of sexuality, religion and class that goes down easily, even as the world around Samuel sometimes leaves a bitter taste.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 19, 2013
    The wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 18, 2013
    The film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.
  9. Reviewed by: Cory Everett
    Sep 17, 2013
    As a standalone feature, it feels like there’s not quite enough there.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2013
    Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 17, 2013
    An adaptation of a short story from David Sedaris’s best-selling Naked collection, C.O.G. (short for “Child of God”) struggles from the outset to retain the snap of the NPR favorite’s hyperbolic humor while also grounding it in authenticity—a tonal disconnect that nonetheless serves to destabilize a potentially predictable coming-of-age tale.
  12. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Sep 18, 2013
    As an adaptation of Davis Sedaris's short essay from his acclaimed 1997 compilation, Naked, it's a letdown, as it doesn't exude the pop of the author's trademark humor.
  13. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 16, 2013
    It’s not bad, but it’s ineffectual -- shuffling from one semi-satirical vignette to the next and then veering into soul-searching territory while generating only mild engagement.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 19, 2013
    Despite smatterings of wit and a stable of skilled performers, C.O.G. struggles to find a consistent tone, its episodic structure veering from farcical to poignant to dangerously raw.
  15. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Sep 17, 2013
    What was very funny in print becomes serious and occasionally dour onscreen, with fewer laughs than you would expect from a Sedaris project.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 19, 2013
    For Sedaris fans, C.O.G. is a regrettably patronizing washout.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    Please, save yourself an hour of your life, and skip this movie. I sort of like sadaris, but this movie is honestly one of the worst I havePlease, save yourself an hour of your life, and skip this movie. I sort of like sadaris, but this movie is honestly one of the worst I have ever seen. The story has all the depth of a mud puddle, stereotypical rich kid goes to the farm, with a twist that would have been groundbreaking circa 1922. I watched this with a group of people, and we all looked around as the movie ended with a collective, wtf was that. I can't believe anyone would rate this above a 3, unless they did not want to insult sadaris, or giving it a pass cause liking indie films makes you hip. Save yourself and skip Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2013
    It is true that reading David Sadaris, "Naked" is funnier than viewing this film adaptation but this movie holds its own very well as aIt is true that reading David Sadaris, "Naked" is funnier than viewing this film adaptation but this movie holds its own very well as a gripping coming of age story. From the beginning the story flows well and is understandable.There are moments of intense, touching feelings for Samuel (David's taken on name) as he expands his experiences after graduate school by picking apples at a small Oregon farm and then in a factory. His struggles as a gay man in a very straight and often homophobic culture are readily apparent and very moving, especially in the last scene as he is betrayed and then rejected by a "would be" Christian rescuer who has obvious problems. This film is worth seeing. Full Review »