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  • Summary: Martine, a 23-year-old artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family living in the hip and hilly community of Silver Lake. Peter, the father, has agreed to help Martine complete sound design on her art film as a favor to his wife. Martine innocentlyMartine, a 23-year-old artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family living in the hip and hilly community of Silver Lake. Peter, the father, has agreed to help Martine complete sound design on her art film as a favor to his wife. Martine innocently enters the seemingly idyllic life of this open-minded family with two kids and a relaxed Southern California vibe. Like a bolt of lightning, her arrival sparks a surge of energy that awakens suppressed impulses in everyone and forces them to confront their own fears and desires. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Oct 18, 2012
    75
    A film in which everyone is lusting after the wrong person, and consummating those desires tends to lead to awkward - but not funny, unlike Dunham's usual projects - disasters of various scales.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 29, 2012
    70
    Reminiscent of 2010 Sundance breakout "The Kids Are All Right," Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks captures the fallout of an open-minded Los Angeles family shaken up by the arrival of a sexy outsider, only this time, it's the outsider whose perspective takes precedence.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 18, 2012
    70
    It would be tempting to dismiss Nobody Walks as a trivial erotic divertissement, even more so because it doesn't apply the kind of symbolic gloss found in a '60s film of serial seduction, like Pasolini's "Teorema." Banal as its situation may be, it picks at every scab you may have left over from wounds suffered during the mating games of your youth.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    Sensitively written, nicely shot, expertly acted, and intelligently ambiguous, Nobody Walks still manages to send you out with a shrug.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 27, 2012
    50
    Don't fault Thirlby, who does as much as she can with the material. Krasinski is pretty good, and DeWitt and Ennenga are outstanding. The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 15, 2012
    50
    The whole thing comes out feeling kind of featureless, beaten flat by its own sense of fairness.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 16, 2012
    25
    The actors are all completely wasted in this dumb travesty of fumbling, unfocused, oversexed numbskulls who work in the movie business. Everyone connected with Nobody Walks should have done just that-early and quickly.

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  1. Oct 15, 2012
    4
    A dramatically unengaging mainstream blend of mumblecore ideas, 'Nobody Walks' features some top-notch performances from the all around cast,A dramatically unengaging mainstream blend of mumblecore ideas, 'Nobody Walks' features some top-notch performances from the all around cast, but fails to utilize them to fullest effect and the film winds up being rather boring, even within its running time of 82-minutes. The recurring air of sensuality is potent enough, but the entanglements that the characters get into are delivered without any real consequences for their actions. These are flat and lifeless characters that feel constructed on cliches from other, better indie character studies (I liked how one critic compared it to Lisa Cholodenko's 'The Kids Are All Right') and their troubles feel less intimate and affecting than they think they are. The cast is appealing and the look is very polished for an indie of this nature, but 'Nobody Walks' is inert at creating any genuine dramatic pull. It's strange that the script, penned by the up-and-coming Lena Dunham, has led to such mediocre results, though it's hard to pinpoint a direct source of blame. Collapse
  2. Nov 13, 2014
    4
    "Nobody Walks" 10 Scale Rating: 4.5 (Mediocre) ....

    The Good: Solid cast that I consider likeable. Despite not being a big fan of the film,
    "Nobody Walks" 10 Scale Rating: 4.5 (Mediocre) ....

    The Good: Solid cast that I consider likeable. Despite not being a big fan of the film, it was well directed and the characters were very realistic.

    The Bad: Sadly though, the characters are all unhappy and miserable people and by the end of the film they are still unhappy and miserable people. There is just no resolution whatsoever and that is fine for some films, but felt out of place here. Also, while they start off as likeable, everyone becomes unlikeable pretty quickly.
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