The Living Wake Reviews

  • Strains to accommodate its daft premise and pontificating lead.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • 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

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    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Wes Anderson has much to answer for.

    Nathan Rabin — AV Club

  • 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

  • Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.

    Aaron Hillis — Time Out

  • 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

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