Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. 80
    Not all of the jokes hit, but enough of them do that anyone who's ever filed, collated, or played Mixmaster DJ with the transcribing machine will find cathartic giggles in this breakout debut.
  2. 80
    A ragtag charmer. You will laugh.
  3. A sly and captivating comedy of imaginative leaps and gently orchestrated pandemonium.
  4. The result is a winning comedy.
  5. Delivers deliciously low blows at corporate America, office politics and the lengths people will go to avoid work.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    There are a few weak spots -- the ending could have used some fine tuning -- but otherwise its a solid sleeper: unassuming, unexpected and wholly entertaining.
  7. 70
    The charm and the shoddiness of Haiku Tunnel stem from the same source. It's basically a San Francisco underground theater production that somehow escaped onto the movie screen without losing any of its eccentric, insular qualities.
  8. 70
    It's unpretentiously low-tech and humorously offbeat. And against all odds, the filmmaker emerges as a star.
  9. The vision of office work that's offered up by Haiku Tunnel is as chilling as it is funny.
  10. They try too hard to be funny. It's hardly a damning fault, but it has a tendency to drown out their satiric observations.
  11. However refreshing it is to see a movie about the secretary rather than the lawyer -- there is a long wait for the light at the end of the Haiku Tunnel.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    They're a far cry from the Coen brothers, or even the Polish brothers, but Josh and Jacob Kornbluth emerge intact from their first filmmaking venture and score more hits than misses in this comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    While it plays more like stage or TV sketch-comedy shtick than film material, this modest, visually unimposing production remains entertaining thanks to its ironic observations and winning sense of folly.
  14. 58
    Pleasant and light and builds nicely within its own self-circumscribed intent.
  15. A funny movie, but like "Josh" himself, it's too self-absorbed, and maybe too nice, for its own good.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Already too long. It makes you want to start moving globs of dirt to tunnel out of the theater as the movie ends with the famous theme to "The Great Escape."
  17. 50
    After a few very funny early sequences, tricked up with grotesque, surreal editing and camerawork, the movie gets bogged down a bit during the first third.
  18. No doubt this effort will find its fans, as it should, but there's a lot of lost potential.
  19. 40
    The Kornbluths don't offer much visual style -- the film is as flat and sterile as its corporate environs -- but they build an excruciating tension from Kornbluth's confounding inability to lick a few stamps.
  20. Some of the gags here are funny, but they aren't executed effectively enough to score.
  21. Can a feature-length movie be built on minutiae like jammed copying machines, unsent business letters and orientation programs for new employees? This innocuous wisp of a film, as weighty as a scrap of fax paper caught in an updraft, suggests that the answer is no.
  22. Amazingly amateurish, the film lands wide of satirical targets that should be impossible to miss.
  23. Let's not waste any time: This movie is just awful. Prime problem: Josh Kornbluth, the chubby, wild-haired, bug-eyed star.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. VickieR.
    Jan 25, 2007
    10
    I am a big fan of the "loser" movie genre, plus orginally from the bay area, so I really loved it. I thought it had some dead on satire, and some great quotes. I have to admit tho that I recommended it to some friends and they now give me funny looks. Full Review »