Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench Synopsis
The romance between a trumpeter (Jason Palmer) and his student (Desiree Garcia) dissolves.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
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91

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
If John Cassavetes had directed a jazz musical by Jacques Demy, it might have looked something like this.
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90

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Visually distinctive and aurally delightful, "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" has style to burn. A soulful black-and-white commentary on...
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90

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Guy and Madeline is at once self-conscious and breezy, clumsy and deft, diffident and sweet, annoying and ecstatic. It's amateurish in the...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Guy and Madeline is a decidedly modern film, whose frightened, impulsive, charming characters could walk into our lives tomorrow.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
You might want to tuck Damien Chazelle's name into your memory bank if his filmmaking debut, the terrific jazz improvisation that is Guy...
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80

Variety

A surprise, a delight and a whimsical experiment.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Not only does the movie look like it's set somewhere, it feels, cinematically, to have arrived from someplace - early John Cassavetes, the...
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70

Boxoffice Magazine

By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Equally nostalgic and fresh-faced, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a bohemian musical that owes as much to Cassavetes "Shadows" as it...
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
That the duo will work their way back to each other is never in doubt, although Chazelle doesn't succumb to easy sentiment. If anything, he...
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Gleeless

By DoDad
Like "Glee" only sloppy and uninteresting and, in accursed digital projection, almost literally hurtful to watch....

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Rated R