Fort Tilden

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  • Release Date: Aug 14, 2015

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 12, 2015
    For all its exquisite theater-of-cruelty viciousness, Fort Tilden is finally a work of empathy about people whose own supplies are running on empty.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Aug 8, 2015
    It elegantly evolves from an absurdist comedy into a remarkably wounded and uprooted story of friends who're beginning to tire of their shared social cocoons.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 13, 2015
    Rarely has a movie so humorously illustrated the meaning of “frenemy.”
  4. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Aug 13, 2015
    Fort Tilden is cringe-worthy but true. Maybe that's why it's so uncomfortable to watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Aug 14, 2015
    Whether or not we’d like to admit it – they’re willing to say what the rest of us are thinking when they tactlessly open their mouths without a filter.
  6. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Aug 13, 2015
    Comparisons to HBO's "Girls" will abound, but Fort Tilden has a more satirical bent than Lena Dunham's much-talked-about show.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 12, 2015
    They’re the ditziest, most solipsistic protagonists I’ve seen outside of a Neil LaBute project.
  8. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Mar 14, 2014
    What really sells both the fashionable remove and generational paralysis is the pairing of Elliott and McNulty, as they effortlessly establish a passive-aggressive relationship from the get-go that thrives in a constant state of reliably unreliable codependence.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Aug 11, 2015
    Allie and Harper are basically unlikable, but played with a light touch and just enough distance from their own unthinking cruelty to remain funny.
  10. 70
    The movie is broad and mean and for a while very funny, but even when it goes sour — when the world slaps them in the face for their sins — it doesn’t lose its momentum.
  11. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 14, 2014
    Fort Tilden, the debut feature co-written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, showcases a satirical voice so dyspeptic it’s almost endearing, never letting the abrasive lead characters – or anyone else for that matter – off the hook for their self-absorbed entitlement.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 14, 2014
    While frequently very funny and sustained by a pair of boldly unlikable female protagonists, Fort Tilden adopts the glorious stupidity of its stars, and echoes their gratingly obnoxious temperaments.
  13. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Aug 17, 2015
    The film confidently switches gears into a moving character study of how life passes by while you’re busy looking like you don’t care. More interesting than the growing fissures in their friendship are the increasingly ruinous consequences of thoughtlessness as a way of life.
  14. 63
    Real insecurities live deep beneath the frenemies’ cringe-worthy obliviousness, though all credit to the filmmakers for allowing their comeuppance to contain none of the empathy the girls deny everyone else.

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