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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 7, 2011
    75
    The setup and storyline are absurd, but the angst underneath is as earnest as a campfire confession.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    There's an unkillable something at the heart of Septien, an artistic ambition that's not calculated or cynical, that feels homegrown American but is thoroughly resistant to totalitarian spectacle and the manufactured tides of mass opinion. There's no substitute for that.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jul 14, 2011
    63
    A microscopic piece of shoestring weirdness-slash-hipster regionalism that the actor Robert Longstreet delivers into some odder, funkier, altogether mysterious place. I don't know what he's doing or what he's going for. But unlike the rest of the movie, his bizarreness seems authentic rather than forced or put on.
  4. 60
    A traditional southern gothic, Septien delivers oddities from the perverse to the parochial with a straight face, and in the process restores the oddball genre to what might be called authenticity.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 5, 2011
    60
    As intriguing as the movie is, there's the sense that its free-associative story line has been dredged up from its maker's unconscious and recounted without filter or shape.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 5, 2011
    50
    Like many films early in a director's career, it plays more as a sketchbook of intended future endeavors than as a cohesive and fully realized vision in its own right.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    Weakly spoofing, or at least deliberately tweaking, Southern Gothic conventions, writer-director Tully can't fully get his arms around this messy genre mashup.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    Never the same movie for five minutes straight, Septien can't sit still.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    Duly offbeat without ever being very compelling in content or aesthetic.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 7, 2011
    30
    A lackadaisical dive into backwoods barminess and masculine neuroses, this low-budget paean to indoor plumbing and rampant facial hair doesn't unfold so much as unravel.

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