75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
You won't see another film like Fay Grim this year, and we should give Hartley credit for making it work on his own terms.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Clever, fast-paced and surprisingly moving.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Fay Grim falls victim to its own worried hyperactivity; it shuts you out with chattery paranoia. Hartley wants us to see the big picture, but he forgets we need artists like him to bring it into focus.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While Fay Grim is too uneven to win Hartley many converts, it is laced with enough intelligence and wit to remind longtime fans why they were drawn to his unique vision in the first place.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's not that Fay Grim isn't amusing. It is, in that deadpan, skewed way that indie auteur Hartley's pics always are. But there's not much else going on here.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Strikes me as something of an elaborate mistake, a wasted opportunity and a script Hartley should have discarded. But I liked it anyway.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie opens with wit and dash, then devolves into a rather generic spy thriller.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The result is that we feel deliberately distanced from the film. It is not so much an exercise in style as an exercise in search of a style. The story doesn't involve us because we can't follow it, and we doubt if the characters can, either.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Hartley's kooky cosmopolitan caper can never be accused of slumming, but the shift from dry, offbeat wit to politically charged drama is a little jarring, to say the least; it's a bit like taking in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and having it morph mid-way through into "Shadows and Fog."
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The faux espionage plot, with its winks at terrorism, is really just a convoluted plea for the relevance of precious indie artistes (i.e., Hal Hartley).
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52 out of 100
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