Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

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  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2013
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 8, 2013
    100
    Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 7, 2013
    83
    The focus is spread too thinly on the various colorful local voices, all of whom openly campaign against Recchia’s intentions with zest and flavor.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    The director’s double vision establishes a level of equality on film that in some ways defies the disparity in power between the two opposing forces.
  4. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Combining footage of embattled town meetings and raucous boardwalk scenes with evenhanded interviews and visualized statistics, Zipper is a compelling argument for a populist Coney Island whose days are, alas, numbered.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 9, 2013
    75
    The Zipper is a carnival ride, a tumbling cage whose screaming customers are spun around like a Ferris wheel.
  6. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    [Nicholson's] clear affection for the sights and personalities that make Coney Island what it is gets in the way of a hard-hitting investigation of why it hasn't maintained its luster.
  8. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, “Zipper” drives home the fragile identity of even the city’s signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment.
  9. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Aug 6, 2013
    50
    Amy Nicholson's documentary feels warm and fuzzy about its subject, but at the same time depersonalized.

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