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  • Summary: Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Welcome to Pine Hill follows Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyondBlurring the line between documentary and fiction, Welcome to Pine Hill follows Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City. [Oscilloscope] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 27, 2013
    83
    Welcome To Pine Hill is a short, docu-realistic film, with very little plot and scenes that play like loose improvisations. Miller is mainly interested in the various spaces Harper inhabits, and how he inhabits them.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Miller’s ace in the hole is the hulking, regal Harper, whose round face vacillates between childlike mirth and lung-stomping sadness. His casual charisma not only commands our attention and affection, it sidelines every social or thematic concern to this singular, tentatively aspiring life.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 28, 2013
    80
    [Mr. Miller's] film shows the influence of other recent work in the American neo-neo-realist vein, notably Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye, Solo” and Lance Hammer’s “Ballast,” and like them relies on understatement and indirection to arrive at a powerful and resonant meaning.
  4. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Mar 1, 2013
    70
    At times the improvised dialogue seems too schematic and superfluous, especially in view of such exploratory and observant handheld camera work. Otherwise, though, this is wonderful stuff.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Mixes real-life situations and characters with fictionalized narrative threads to create a highly authentic slice-of-life drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Mar 2, 2013
    67
    While far from perfect, Welcome To Pine Hill works more often than it doesn’t and is an intimate and existential character study of a man out of place with his past, himself, and his surroundings, and the push and pull of former and future worlds beckoning him.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Feb 26, 2013
    63
    Keith Miller doesn't always trust the fluency of his visual language, occasionally forcing a point that's already being captured.

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