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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Adapted from the book by David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men tells the story of Sara Quinn, a graduate student in anthropology who's left feeling lost after her boyfriend breaks up with her and offers little explanation as to why. With her dissertation looming, Sara begins a project to interview men, all sorts of men, trying to unearth the mystery of their bizarre behavior. As her personal life and her academic life continue to mingle, Sara uncovers some strange and disturbing things about the male perspective, but nothing could be quite as strange as what she learns… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Faced with the unenviable choice between honoring his daunting inspiration and telling his own story, the director shoots straight down the middle -- and misses both targets."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Tthough this experiment doesn't quite succeed, there's enough intelligence and insight in this movie to make it worth the attempt."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"...far more successful as an actor's showcase than as a fully-realized movie..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Everywhere this poor lady tries to go, there's always a guy or two loudly performing a David Foster Wallace monologue within earshot."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"The place where consciousness runs into itself is where this author reigned supreme, and Krasinski brings Wallace's concentric, self-aware ironies to the screen."
‑ Jason O'Bryan, Boston Phoenix
"Offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Krasinski's] generosity of intent is really the main impression that remains. He read, he loved, and unfortunately, he did not conquer."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"Intense look at gender and relationships is best for adults."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Painfully pretentious and shallow."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The movie provides more questions than answers."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"I worry that this film is static enough and stiff enough that it's going to keep people away from discovering David Foster Wallace if they haven't read him."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"Actor John Krasinski deserves credit for having the ambition to adapt material as difficult as David Foster Wallace's short stories."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"John Krasinski takes a distinct, deliberate step away from romantic comedies for a darkly comic look at human interaction."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Krasinski re-creates the interviews using Wallace's original, but this isn't exactly a letter-of-the-law adaptation -- he tightens the interviews and defangs some of the language."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"A haunting exploration into men's minds that becomes too much of a psychological study to qualify as accessible entertainment for most."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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