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  • Summary: Julia Barker is late for work at the Paradise Bingo, again. Struggling to make ends meet and to raise her daughters, Julia suppresses her own needs and desires to support her family. But the headaches, excruciating migraines, keep coming. Inside her splitting mind, disturbing visions erupt: water, rafters and then the blinding white windows of a warehouse sized room. The space is menacing, mysterious and seductive. The visions intensify and soon there are signs. Julia knows that she must find the room. Desperate, she robs the Bingo hall, abandons her family and flies to New York. Her pilgrimage has begun. (Celluloid Dreams) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. For a film about looking for a sign, looking for solace, Room quite brazenly offers neither. It isn't an easy film, but the world's already got plenty of easy and easily digestible films.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature Under $500K at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, Henry's film is beautifully shot and extraordinarily well acted by Williams.
  3. 75
    The plot of the indie feature Room is, shall we say, sketchy. But that's a minor annoyance thanks to a gutsy performance by Cyndi Williams and vibrating cinematography by P.J. Raval.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    A perceptive, unsettling psychodrama marking the assured feature writing and directing debut of shorts filmmaker Kyle Henry.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Room is an existential horror film, a parable of the war against terror being waged in Julia's psyche.
  6. 40
    Packs a punch in its first act with a passionate lead performance by Cyndi Williams and a painfully concrete sense of modern life closing in. But gradually it slips into the indie paradigm of an alienated soul rushing into darkness, climaxing with a semiabstract montage sequence that's more rhetorical than dramatic.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    25
    Williams does a fine job with her role. I was pulling for her throughout her dreary journey. It's too bad it didn't get anywhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4

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