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  • Summary: Ethan is a director who aims to make meaningful art films, but is struggling with a creative slump and disengagement with his work. His girlfriend Claire, is an actress whose career is beginning to take off. She has accepted the lead part in a werewolf movie being directed by talented youngEthan is a director who aims to make meaningful art films, but is struggling with a creative slump and disengagement with his work. His girlfriend Claire, is an actress whose career is beginning to take off. She has accepted the lead part in a werewolf movie being directed by talented young horror filmmaker Ben. Ethan's depression leads to jealousy over both Claire’s success and her increasingly close relationship with Ben. Ethan decides to retaliate against Claire by casting her best friend Charlie in a romantic role opposite himself in his new film. As pettiness and jealousy spiral out of control within their relationship, Claire begins to slip into a surreal fantasy world that more closely mirrors her role in the werewolf film than that of her real life. Largely improvised Silver Bullets draws inspiration from Chekhov ‘s The Seagull and Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon, while using David Foster Wallace as a reference point to explores fame, depression and suicide. (Factory 25) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Oct 26, 2011
    88
    Joe Swanberg's idea of making audiences "happy" is by acknowledging what his supporters and detractors have been saying about him for a number of years, but presenting these things within the same game of elliptical story-unraveling and confession that's governed most of his other films.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 26, 2011
    83
    The line between "highly personal" and "navel-gazing" varies depending on one's feelings toward the person offering up the serving of self-contemplation, but Silver Bullets' introspection feels earned.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Oct 26, 2011
    80
    Silver Bullets is the most affecting "horror" movie I've seen in a while, as Swanberg ignores tired supernatural scare-flick trappings and locates terror in the shadowy, passive-aggressive process of making, and watching, movies.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 27, 2011
    20
    Silver Bullets neither pleases the eye nor stimulates the mind.
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