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Choose Connor
A politically savvy 15-year-old learns the true nature of politics after accepting the position of youth campaign spokesman for a determined congressman in the feature directorial debut of 20-year-old actor-turned-director Luke Eberl. When Congressman Lawrence Connor (Steven Weber) speaks before an assembly of high-school students during his run for the Senate, the enthusiastic and well-informed response that he gets from 15-year-old student Owen (Alex D. Linz) results in an invitation to join the campaign as Connor's youth spokesman. Subsequently exploited in a tireless campaign that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a film that works through guilelessness and cynicism."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"Overlong, obvious and indifferently acted."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Stranger things, no doubt, do happen. But ambitious, intelligent Eberl needed more mature storytelling skills to make Choose Connor seem plausible."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Touches on challenging topics like political expediency versus integrity. But with an abrupt detour into tabloid scandal, how can the movie demand integrity of politicians, when it similarly ends up lacking the courage of its own convictions."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Has flashes of incredible maturity and complexity [but the filmmaker] still has some things to learn about the basic tenets of storytelling before he can become a quality filmmaker."
‑ Edward Havens,
"Luke Eberl's Choose Connor is a real stunner, an unusual coming-of-age story that packs a wallop in unexpected ways."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Choose Connor, a jaundiced look at political power and moral turpitude, draws you in by creeping you out."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An upstart thriller about a young man's initiation into politics and life, Choose Connor is not coincidentally getting a theatrical release during an election that will likely mark an old man's exit from both politics and life."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"The ending is also note-perfect. could have used perhaps a bit more restraint in some areas."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"Whether or not one buys into pic's vision of government as irreversibly corrupt, the leap from the general to the specific registers as unconvincing at best."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"For reasons that are unclear, Choose Connor seems to both court relevance and avoid it, lapsing into allegory at inopportune moments."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"At numerous points, you suspect the low-budget project has been conceived and executed by middle-schoolers."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"I wouldn't say there's any big life lessons being told here, but the story of Owen Norris coming of age in the harsh light of reality is intriguing stuff."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
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