Cheatin' (2015)

In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 3, 2015
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Plympton will be cheated if "Cheatin'" doesn't at least get nominated for a best animated feature Oscar.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Bill Plympton's latest feature-length animation, about a loving couple riven by infidelity, contains some of his loveliest fantasy sequences, though the gap between his visual and storytelling skills persists.

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Rob Gonsalves

Now and again, the movie feels like a compilation of short "Plymptoons" that happen to share a theme and a pair of characters.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

The whole range of human emotion - love, lust, anger, jealousy, despair, grief - is felt through Plympton's animation. It's just a shame that his boundless creativity doesn't extend to the narrative.

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Erik McClanahan
Minneapolis Star Tribune

At times it comes to life, but for the most part it's a bit one-note and repetitive.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The story is stuffed with exaggeration, elongation, elaboration, but it's all in the service of making a commonplace circumstance - love - look like it feels when it happens to you, i.e. the very opposite of commonplace.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is extremely rich in visual inventiveness and depth of feeling -- with numerous sequences that could almost pass muster as individual shorts.

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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly

Even at 76 minutes it feels stretched, but Plympton's vivid hand-drawn visuals-one sequence hurls a man through a boxcar, into the sky, underwater, and off a cliff-never lose their electric charge.

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Richard von Busack

By far the best of the four or five of the seven Plympton features that I've seen. What he used to do with faces, he now does with figures, abstracting them to Plastic Man arms and s-curves.

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