'The Living Wake' Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)50Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.
Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)Fatally eccentric.
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.
Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)25This 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.
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.
Brent Simon Shared DarknessFull Review » 3 years ago
Ted Fry Seattle Times75In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema.
Don R. Lewis Film Threat90Funny, 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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter Movie Dearest75An 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.
John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine60An 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.
Janos Gereben Entertainment Insiders50A 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.
Jay Antani Moving Pictures Magazine25we 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
Adam Lippe Examiner.comFor 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.
Nathan Rabin AV Club34Wes Anderson has much to answer for.
Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru66A 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.
Aaron Hillis Time Out New York80Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine38So insistently irritating and so consistently lacking in laughs that Sol Tryon's alleged comedy quickly becomes an exercise in exhaustion.
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