• Released
  • July 9, 2004
  • Drama
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A miracle of indie filmmaking. Shot for practically nothing by first-time director David Barker, it delivers more bang for its minimal bucks than many a Hollywood blockbuster does for its multimillions.
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70

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
The writer and director, David Barker, discards the didactic tone of so much American independent filmmaking in favor of a character study that leads to no easy conclusions.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's cool and spare, but there's an essential lightness to the film's tone despite the heavy material, and Deborah Eve Lewis' glistening B&W cinematography is simply luscious.
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50

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
You keep waiting for the pot to boil over, but it never does. Instead, Barker lets the steam vent out all too easily and the film falls flat in the end as a result.
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40

Chicago Reader

Ultimately Barker's style drains the life from the film, making it feel like an academic exercise as it becomes increasingly inert, emotionally and dramatically.
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30

Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
A stifling chamber piece laced with Repulsion-style foreboding and an undercurrent of kink.
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50 out of 100
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