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  1. Nov 10, 2010
    1
    This film does not display the level of thought, planning, and meaningful execution that it rather painfully reaches for. Having seen films that create very successful raw and realistic depictions of human relationships, this film's blatant, aching attemps render as weak , forced and misguided. The whole film reads as a premature stride towards a 'genius' work, and in falling short the film seems wobbly and underthought. The 'artistic' elements are tacked onto to an unstable, meandering, and inconclusive plot. The seemingly unnecessary black-and-white filming, shots taken from behind blurry heads and laughably awkward song-and-dance numbers add to a cringe-factor that had the audience giggling anxiously rather than in enjoyment. Truly can't understand the high ratings, especially from sources I usually trust. Expand
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 16, 2010
    75
    Not only does the movie look like it's set somewhere, it feels, cinematically, to have arrived from someplace - early John Cassavetes, the French New Wave, Eastern Europe.
  2. 70
    Equally nostalgic and fresh-faced, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a bohemian musical that owes as much to Cassavetes "Shadows" as it does the French musicals of the '30s.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 12, 2010
    100
    Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.