Chained for Life

critic Reviews

100% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score100%
  • Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original.
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    Josh Slater-WilliamsLittle White Lies
    A sharp movie about moviemaking, with welcome surreal touches that are best left unspoiled.
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    Leslie FelperinGuardian
    This low-budget film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg is almost every kind of strange, and yet it has an amiable warmth and an inexhaustible reserve of originality that make it compelling as hell.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    Anchored by Weixler's and Pearson's natural charm, "Chained for Life" stands up as both a quiet ode to the experimental, dreamlike spirit of moviemaking and a seriocomic corrective to sentimentalized sideshow portrayals.
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    A meaningful, moving, and often quite funny interrogation of beauty in the movies.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    Schimberg's film is odd, darkly funny and - when it means to be - a little frightening.
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    Michael NordineTheWrap
    Deeply weird without being difficult to follow, Chained also bears traces of David Lynch's The Elephant Man in its DNA - influences that guide Schimberg in a direction that's difficult to predict but fun to follow.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Allie LoukasBattle Royale With Cheese
    Although this film raised some very important topics, it continued on its journey as a self-reflexive movie within a movie. Independently, this is an interesting risk to take...
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    He's crafted something wholly unique as it navigates the serious and meaningful as deftly as it does the darkly funny and creepy.
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    David ParkinsonRadio Times
    For all its laudable ambition, however, it eventually becomes a bit bogged down in its own meta-ingenuity.
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    Shawn GlinisFilm Inquiry
    Chained for Life is particularly interested in performance as it relates to people with disabilities, films about them and the able-bodied that play them.
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