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  • Summary: At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. [The Cinema Guild] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 16, 2011
    100
    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
    91
    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
    90
    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: Mark Holcomb
    Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Porterfield intersperses these delicately underplayed scenes with doc-style question-and-answer exchanges that, while initially jarring, achieve maximum cumulative impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 22, 2011
    75
    It's a film for patient moviegoers. But for those moviegoers, it stands to be a rewarding experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 7, 2011
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 15, 2011
    40
    Porterfield has proved he can do grit and atmosphere. Should the young director ever decide to channel this talent into storytelling with purpose and a point, he might be someone to watch out for.

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  1. Feb 23, 2012
    0
    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. 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. Expand

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