Daddy Longlegs
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A barely competent father takes his children on a series of offbeat adventures in this comedy drama from the writing and directing team of Josh Safdie and Ben Safdie. Lenny (Ronald Bronstein) works as a projectionist at a revival theater in New York City and has been living on his own since his wife divorced him. Lenny often acts like an overgrown child, which makes things complicated when he has to look after his two young sons, Sage and Frey (Sage Ranaldo and Frey Ranaldo). Lenny finds himself spending two weeks with his kids, and he wavers back and forth between being a caring father and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's grungy, ultra-low-budget look, thanks to the Safdie's handheld camera, is just right for catching the crummy, hardscrabble, rat-infested milieu."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bronstein's loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"An indie bittersweet comedy gem."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For about an hour, Josh and Benny Safdie's trendy indie about a deadbeat dad taking care of his two boys for two weeks in Manhattan seems like the kind of movie in which you hate everybody -- especially the directors."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Bronstein's performance and the gentle, unforced directorial work by the Safdies distinguish a film about an all-too-undistinguished father."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Hitchcock would have loved it, even wrapped in the Safdies scruffy enigma of a movie."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"If Daddy Longlegs is influenced by Cassavetes, well, that's not a bad thing. Few filmmakers have the nerve to travel that path."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Takes a little while to find its way but becomes steadily more compelling as Lenny's character and considerable issues come into focus."
‑ , Oregonian
"The movie picks away at the standard, glamorized depictions of life in New York to arrive at a different, essential truth."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"Has the heartfelt acuity of autobiography, but not enough shape and direction to pace an unsentimental poignant story, and no explanation for the dad's almost crazy behavior."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Most directors are, in fact, inspiring performers who reserve their performances for cast and crew; Bronstein is among the most self-unsparing and inspired of them, and his performance in the movie is a treasure."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The Safdies deserve respect for surviving their childhood, if not for making a film about it that refuses to amuse or indict."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A poignant, emotionally rich, sometimes playful, beautifully filmed tale of fractured fatherhood in New York City."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"A caustic, surreal character study about what it means to be a parent, folded into a low-budget, naturalistic, urban documentary with jittery camera-work."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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