Fine Line Features | Release Date: January 25, 2002 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
50
METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 31 Critic Reviews
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10
Mixed:
18
Negative:
3
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Cleverly mocks the modern chronicler, raising questions that linger long after the film is finished.
60
Does Solondz feel remorse for libeling his own kind? He might need to if his portraits didn't have the gift of dark wit, the ring of social truth. One makes allowances for a master storyteller.
40
A provocative but eventually dislikable two-part film that dares us to dislike it.
40
The New YorkerAnthony Lane
The urge to make viewers squirm is fair enough, but when it runs ahead of the urge to entertain -- when the jokes trail in the wake of the embarrassments -- you can't help leaving the theatre sad and soured. [4 Feb 2002, p. 82]