Putty Hill


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 16, 2011
    Putty Hill makes no statement. It looks. It looks with as much perception and sympathy as it is possible for a film to look. It is surprisingly effective.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 15, 2011
    Unable to express the sorrow of Cory's passing or the larger sense of detachment from the world it represents, most of the people in Putty Hill try to remain disaffected. By pestering them with questions, Porterfield gets under their skin - and, in the process, ours as well.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 17, 2011
    Putty Hill doesn't strive for overt social commentary. It drops you into a world that the director, who grew up in the area, knows firsthand: a suburban fringe of stasis, downward mobility and lowered expectations.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 18, 2011
    A deeply felt evocation of a place and a people by writer-director Matt Porterfield, who set this largely improvised film in his own lower-class Baltimore neighborhood.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 17, 2011
    This is a movie about the casual ways people know each other, even when their relationships are hard to explain-or perhaps even justify.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Feb 15, 2011
    Porterfield intersperses these delicately underplayed scenes with doc-style question-and-answer exchanges that, while initially jarring, achieve maximum cumulative impact.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 22, 2011
    It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
  8. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 7, 2011
    The film captures the particular listlessness of youth in summer, the passed pipes and lazy swims in the gorge or the backyard pool. The adolescent posturing is equal parts toughness and vulnerability.
  9. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 22, 2011
    This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.
  10. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 18, 2011
    The movie is a sharply observed if formally bloated addition to the canon of visceral tales from the Baltimore city - if "tale" is the right word for a movie that puts so much energy into the avoidance of plot.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    Having been a lurker on the metacritic site for some time, Putty Hill is the movie that caused me to register so I could write reviews. ThisHaving been a lurker on the metacritic site for some time, Putty Hill is the movie that caused me to register so I could write reviews. This movie is terrible. How it found a distributor, let alone ever saw the light of day, is beyond me. The people are boring, the story, if you can call it a story, is boring, great gobs of dialogue are lost due to mumbling and/or bad sound engineering; you learn nothing, and Putty Hill does not inspire you to think or to draw your own conclusions about anything. Maybe it was meant to be a faux documentary or something, but this movie is not entertaining or thought-provoking in any way. Don't waste your time. Full Review »