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  • Summary: In the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, Frankie (Scott Marlowe) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company where he's taunted to "dance like a man!" Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 12, 2014
    100
    As Frankie, Mr. Marlowe delivers a quiet, moving performance of such subtlety and truthfulness that you almost feel that you are living his life.
  2. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jun 9, 2014
    75
    Adept as both timely character study and epochal drama, Test wonderfully manages fully formed humanism without sentimentality.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson's important, assured drama best succeeds as a snapshot of a moment in time when every gay man is forced to decide how AIDS will change his life.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jun 12, 2014
    70
    When Frankie, an understudy in a small dance company, is given his chance to perform, he, and Test itself, come to life.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jun 16, 2014
    67
    Clumsy metaphors and contrived attempts to articulate Frankie’s fears—especially as he awaits the results of the titular test—diminish the emotional authenticity engendered by Daniel Marks’ hyper-real cinematography and the film’s incisively curated soundtrack.
  6. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    Test is a slow burn that builds to an impressive end, although the rest of film is in need of that same kind of forward-driving energy.
  7. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jun 12, 2014
    40
    The AIDS scare remains as much window dressing as do other period details such as rotary phones and cassette tapes. Test seems to be about dance above all, with choreographed montages filling the bulk of its running time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    9
    This film is easy to watch and very enjoyable. Yes, the main subject is heavy - the AIDS crisis and the very difficult and personal decision to get tested for the virus. But it is handled with great skill and hopefulness. The characters are real and very convincing and, perhaps, the best part is the modern dancing which was a pure joy to view. The dancers are pros and great actors also. With a small budget to work with, this film is an excellent production on a very difficult subject. Many cheer for this memorable movie. It's a shame it's not drawing bigger audiences. Perhaps it would have fared better in a film festival. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2014
    6
    Set at the time of the aids crisis the crux of the film revolves around one guy's decision to take the HIV test and the resultant anxieties that then prevail. The paranoia about one's body is well expressed and, thankfully, the film is not downbeat. In fact with its 80's pop soundtrack, including the always poignant 'Small Town Boy', the movie is both a visually and audibly pleasing time passer. Yes, it has all been done better before, but with its dance background, gentle humour and unusual views of San Fransisco you could do a lot worse. Expand

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