Chain Camera
Chain Camera (2001)

Wanting to make a film about American teenagers in the year 2000, filmmaker Kirby Dick took a novel approach; he went to John Marshall High School, a Los Angeles-area school with a racially and economically diverse student body, and gave… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Chain Camera may not provide a demographer's perfect cross-section of society, but it does provide a pungent, provocative slice of Americana.

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Kim Morgan
Oregonian

Dick unearths some meaningful, disturbing and disarming material.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A candid, compelling documentary.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Chain Camera is, at the very least, unfailingly candid.

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Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com

On the whole, Chain Camera surprises in how it manages to mix entertainment and personal journeys.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

... fresh and revealing ...

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Kirby Dick isn't in the habit of making his presence felt on camera, and his newest documentary allows his subjects to strictly speak for themselves.

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George Wu
culturevulture.net

Kirby's egalitarian impulses get the best of him as he devotes time pretty evenly to each student regardless of how interesting they are individually.

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
While I thought this was an interesting look into the lives of high schoolers in LA I didn't think it was a great flick. It is disturbing to see most of… More