Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Nick Schager - Village Voice
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.
Robert Koehler - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Sol Tryon's The Living Wake seems but a protracted act of stultifying self-indulgence -- but then maybe that's the point.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
In all, it's a peculiar piece of absurdist entertainment that occupies a singular niche in American indie cinema.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
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.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat
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.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
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.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
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.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
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
Jay Antani - Moving Pictures Magazine
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.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Wes Anderson has much to answer for.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
Aaron Hillis - Time Out New York
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.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
So insistently irritating and so consistently lacking in laughs that Sol Tryon's alleged comedy quickly becomes an exercise in exhaustion.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine