Quality of Life (Against The Wall)
Quality of Life (Against The Wall) (2006)

Filmed on location in San Francisco, this Berlin Film Festival award winner tells the story of two talented artists whose chosen form of expression -- graffiti -- puts them at odds with the law. When famed urban artists Michael… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A very engaging indie drama about graffiti artists in San Francisco.

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

It's a setup as old as the hills, but the unvarnished simplicity with which first-time director Benjamin Morgan rolls it out makes the tale worth another go-round.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

It's up to the consistently fluid ensemble acting and colloquially sound dialogue to keep things on track, which they do admirably.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Although the filmmakers have succeeded in portraying a raw slice of street culture, they have also made something that seems unnecessarily stiff, foisting a structural conceit onto something that by its very nature is free-form and uncontainable.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

A minor, modest indie about two young graffiti artists forced to choose between creative marginalization and the seductions of the marketplace.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While Burnam and Garrison imbue their characters with authentic-feeling frustration and anger, they never succeed in making them especially interesting; it's hard to care in any serious way what becomes of either.

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Eddie Cockrell

Pic's cliched underlying story of restless youth plays as too naive for an older audience and too provocative for teens.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Morgan, who co-wrote with Burnam, elicits authentic performances from his two lead actors and from Mackenzie Firgens as Curtis' single-mom girlfriend.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Dismal, connect-the-dots, no-budget indie.

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