Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Though the movie sounds perilously twee, "Griff the Invisible" works as a slice of emotional life for the most part because of its lead performances.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Griff seems a little too psychologically damaged to laugh at. On the other hand, for a drama, his behavior is way too silly to take seriously.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The touches of magical realism begin to feel gimmicky. By the final frame, this romance never feels real enough.
Ethan Gilsdorf - Boston Globe
An Australian misfits-in-love story manufactured from whole quirk, Griff the Invisible is more mannerism than movie.
Michelle Orange - Village Voice
Though hardly ground-breaking, this whimsical Australian entry is just endearing enough to stand out from the pack.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It tries too hard to be eccentric, kooky. So hard, it can be downright annoying.
Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer
John Anderson - Variety
Sits on the screen like a steaming lump of Kryptonite.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's a movie that works so hard to be quirky it fails to get us onside with the main character.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
A cheerfully offbeat Aussie take on superhero movies.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
A superhero wannabe fights the forces of loneliness and alienation in this uneven Aussie indie.
Megan Lehmann - Hollywood Reporter
There's critical wit behind the appealingly eccentric romance on display in "Griff the Invisible" as it comically dismantles our superhero-worshiping culture.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It's a film that asks potent questions about important topics, but will first and foremost charm viewers with its oddball humour and romanticism. Griff the Invisible is a treat.
Griff The Invisible explores the personal angle of vigilante justice, adding a unique spin to the superhero genre with heartfelt moments and relatability.
Emily Estep - We Got This Covered
Struggles heroically, but unsuccessfully, to strike a balance between whimsy and pathos.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's shaggy, but its modest charms make up for that.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I'm all for ambiguity in films, but it doesn't feel like writer/director Leon Ford left Griff and his underlying issues vague on purpose.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
I'd take 10 more Green Lanterns over one more wannabe-superhero flick.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Mopey-but-sweet Australian entry in the Kick-Ass homemade superhero sweepstakes.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
There are moments of pure magic when we actually feel ourselves letting go of the limitations of the real world and find ourselves -- if only for a fleeting moment -- believing in Griff's world.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Something clicks here. Physically as well as verbally, these kids are speaking their own language.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
First-time director Leon Ford has the Australian shaggy dog comedy style down pat; now he just needs an empowering idea.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Something about this feature never ignites.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Whether you buy the things these people do probably depends on your tolerance for adorable psychotic breaks.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
a boring, aimless installment into the rapidly growing subgenre of quirky superhero comedies
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
You get the idea that the filmmaker is leaning a little too heavily on the quirkiness of it all.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
What at first seemed to be a superhero film is actually a melancholy portrait of the maladjusted.
John Blahnik - New York Press
The little glimpses of everyday magic on offer here are lovely, from a "universe suit" to a porous apartment door, but they're not enough to hang a film or a life on.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
A likeable (if uneven) little comedy...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Ford has come up with a nifty way of exploring the enduring allure and troubling underside of the superhero myth. It's just too bad his own all-too-human powers aren't quite up to the task.
Sam Adams - Time Out
Even if the material doesn't always soar, it's consistently good-natured
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
With lots of charm and humor, Griff the Invisible is a quirky and sophisticated romance in disguise.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Evokes many moments of magical weirdness, as Griff morphs into a person of interest, guilty of stalking, prowling, voyeurism, or all of the above. Which when you think about it, sums up the generic dark side of all superheroes, in movies big or small.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
This wan, fey little Australian film stretches the notion of quirkiness far past the snapping point - though the film itself has very little in the way of snap.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Original and idiosyncratic, it's a quirky glimpse of imaginative innocence.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Thin on plot, it recycles fascinating character scenarios multiple times, hoping the chemistry of the actors will carry the day.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
Superhero films have been messed with before, but this Australian twist on DIY crusading becomes a lingering conundrum about unusual assistance.
Zach Gibson - Empire Magazine Australasia
Leon Ford, its creator, has made that rare film: one which treads a fine line between fantasy and painful reality without stumbling.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
It doesn't make a lot of progress - to the point where you actually want more from the movie - but there's enough here to suggest that Ford has a promising future, while his leading man, expatriate cable star Ryan Kwanten, has genuine versatility.
Craig Mathieson - sbs.com.au
There is something consistent, likeable and heartfelt at its centre, and Kwanten and Dermody are ideally cast. They bring a mixture of robustness and restraint to this gentle account of solitude, fragility and the possibilities of complicity.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
A simple and sweet romance disguised a crime-fighting superhero flick, Griff the Invisible is a film to fall in love with.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
While there's a lot to like about this oddball Australian black comedy, they don't add up to the kind of crowd-pleasing three-act adventure this clearly should have been.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
It is a frail little bird of movie, so reluctant to spread its wings you wonder if it will take flight.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Imagination, Intelligence, Imagination, Romance, Imagination, Super Powers, Imagination, Comedy. If you like any of those things in your cinema, with extra imagination... you'll love Griff The Invisible.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
In the end I really warmed to the film.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
When introverted office clerk and night-time superhero Griff meets space cadet Melody, you get a small and delightfully charming romance between two of the quirkiest free spirits you'll ever see.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
It's been nicely, eccentrically directed by Leon Ford, it is absolutely a film for people with heart.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Brimming with imagination and driven by disarming lead performances, this ends up warm, funny and surprisingly deeply touching.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
The film has heart and it has whimsy
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile