'The Living Wake' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   17 reviews
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Fatally eccentric.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a 20-minute stage monologue.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ted Fry Seattle Times
    75
    In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine
    60
    An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Don R. Lewis Film Threat
    90
    Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Fr. Chris Carpenter Movie Dearest
    75
    An out-of-the-blue delight...I found (central character K. Roth) Binew to be inspiring and damn funny in his lack of a psychological/vocal filter.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Janos Gereben Entertainment Insiders
    50
    A small, peculiar film with a big, grating personality, The Living Wake is like a party crasher at an intimate gathering, momentarily intriguing and difficult to forget, but mostly for the wrong reasons.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jay Antani Moving Pictures Magazine
    25
    we get the sense that O'Connell is having all the fun, leaving the rest of us to suffer through the indulgences of this aggressively awful comedy
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Lippe Examiner.com
    For some reason, despite the constant breaking of the fourth wall, O'Connell thinks we'll care about the twerpy Binew and find his demise moving.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    34
    Wes Anderson has much to answer for.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Aaron Hillis Time Out New York
    80
    Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    66
    A refreshingly original, well-acted and delightfully bizarre amalgamation of comedy, satire, drama and tragedy that's often amusing and unpredictable, but lacks a genuinely poignant emotional core.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
    38
    So insistently irritating and so consistently lacking in laughs that Sol Tryon's alleged comedy quickly becomes an exercise in exhaustion.
    Full Review » 4 years ago