|Good Machine International | Release Date: March 2, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Wide-eyed, deadpan and, more often than not, note-perfect.
The most devastating spoof of reality TV since Albert Brooks' 1978 "Real Life."
Smith and Fitzgerald are funny, feisty, poignant, and altogether realistic. Will they end up lovers, friends, side-by-side corpses? Their sharp performances make Series 7 as frighteningly addictive as crack, or even "Survivor."
Whether Series 7, filmed on digital video for less than $1 million, is reactive or prescient doesn’t change the fact that it’s a dead-on parody of the form.
A gritty, immediate, down-and-dirty satire with a down-and-dirty look.
Unpretentious and brashly exploitative.
Series 7 does exactly what independent cinema should -- challenge audiences while it entertains.
The result is heavy and humorless, despite a smart, skillful performance by Brooke Smith.
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