Watching TV with the Red Chinese

Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    So Watching TV is less a story loosely bound by cause and effect than a kind of scrapbook of memories, all of which convey the concerns of being super smart and mostly confused in a culturally mixed Manhattan, circa 1980. The affection is sweet and precise, if even the terms we use to define them aren't.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 19, 2012
    60
    This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Jan 19, 2012
    60
    The film nicely captures the grad-student vibe: beer-fueled bull sessions about science, religion, probability and destiny; fragile, self-absorbed egos preening even as confidence wavers.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 19, 2012
    40
    Watching TV feels fundamentally old-fashioned in its storytelling. Thesping is solid, particularly by O'Nan, Nam and Jacobs. But the conversations feel artificial, overly concerned with re-creating period detail or interjecting relevant philosophical life concepts.

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