Ex Drummer
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A hapless amateur rock band thinks they've found the key to success only to find their plan has sunk them even deeper into well-deserved obscurity in this confrontational comedy-drama. The Feminists are a going-nowhere punk rock band living in a small Belgian town. The Feminists' gimmick is that all three members are handicapped in some way -- Ivan (Sam Louwyck) is losing his hearing, Koen (Norman Baert) has a speech impediment, and Jan (Gunter Lamoot) permanently injured his arm in an accident. The Feminists, however, are short a drummer, and are searching for a percussionist so they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"The visual dexterity exhibited by Mr. Mortier, in his feature debut, and his cinematographer, Glynn Speeckaert, may keep you watching if not necessarily involved."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Signaling a new low in post-modern smug superiority, Ex Drummer tries to pass off contempt as comedy and slanted lensing as creativity."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Hard to watch, and even harder to enjoy unless the music and almost pathological eccentricity takes your fancy."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Peters out in mass murder and visual gross-out."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The film, so desperate in its attempts to shock the viewer through showing the dark side of humanity, is crippled by the fact that the characters are so thinly drawn they have no depth to them."
‑ Catherine Chambers, BBC.com
"The flashy adaptation of the book by aging Belgian provocateur Herman Brusselmans is as systematically offensive and boisterously vulgar as its degenerate punk protagonists. Or at least that's the aim."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"One of the film's greatest strengths is its rendering of punk's style, sound, and seedy milieu, showing in explicit detail how lost souls might redeem themselves in one explosive half-hour in the spotlight."
‑ Chris Norris, Film Comment Magazine
"Women, gays and old people get a pretty rough ride, though given the film's minuscule target audience it shouldn't really bother them."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Bizarre, horribly violent and frequently brilliant black comedy from Belgium."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This grungy anti-musical will offend just about everyone with its attitude towards women, gays, kids, and the elderly."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A thoroughly offensive and often hilarious punk requiem about rape, murder, violence, kinky sex, drugs, destruction, bad manners and rock 'n' roll -- not necessarily in that order."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"One of those rare films that still manages to haunt you long after you leave the theatre, for people who like that kind of thing."
‑ Mariko McDonald, Film Threat
"A violent and self-conscious exercise in punk nihilism."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Visually exhilarating but also purposefully - and pointlessly - outrageous. Not for the faint hearted."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"A punk film in more ways than one, Ex Drummer is sordid, relentlessly nihilistic and extremely violent, but it's also impressively directed and unlike anything else you'll see this year."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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