Chained for Life

critic Reviews

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  • Darkly funny and impressively ambitious, Chained for Life is as unpredictable as it is original.
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    Kyle TurnerPaste Magazine
    What's so curious about Chained for Life, and its effortlessness in gliding from the real to the surreal, is how easy it is for its cast of differently-abled actors to seize the camera and its gaze.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    ... blurs fantasy and reality to an almost disorienting degree. But it also finds a dark sense of humor while turning cynicism into compassion.
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    Louis ProyectCounterpunch.org
    Brilliant deconstruction of Todd Browning's "Freaks".
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    Patrick DahlScreen Slate
    Aaron Schimberg's howlingly funny and deeply affecting second feature considers the ethical tightrope of transforming flesh-and-blood human beings into fodder for cinema.
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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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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    The performances in general are incisive, with the insecure Weixler playing deftly off the witty Pearson, who carries himself in a way that makes the case for disabled actors playing disabled characters all by itself.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    An instant cult film, one that demands repeated viewing.
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    Hunter LanierFilm Threat
    Toying with the audience's own expectations and predispositions, Schimberg has made a movie that can be confidently called original.
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