Fay Grim
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A single mother from Queens becomes unwittingly embroiled in international espionage in director Hal Hartley's sequel to the critically acclaimed Henry Fool. Fay Grim (Parker Posey) is determined to raise her 14-year-old son, Ned (Liam Aiken), so he won't be like his father, Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan), who disappeared seven years ago after accidentally murdering a vicious neighbor. As Fay's brother, Simon (James Urbaniak), serves time in a prison cell for aiding Henry in his daring escape, he gradually begins to suspect that the man who inspired him to take up writing in the first… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Movie sequels rarely work as well as literary serials, but the Henry and Fay movies have the ring of a satisfying trilogy in the making."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Recycling espionage-a-go-go conventions while namechecking global conflicts doesn't shed light on any state we're in; it just feels fatigued."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A disappointing zany character-driven comedy directed by the once promising indie cult auteur Hal Hartley."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Without a good quality story, all the eccentricity is just window dressing."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"Posey's fans will love her performance, even if they have a little trouble following the rather contrived adventure ... which is so talky, it's tiresome."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The involved backstory and Hartley's own generic music both prove burdensome; the main attraction is the cast's amusing way of handling Hartley's mannerist dialogue and conceits."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Despite its imperfections, Fay Grim is worth seeing for Posey's and Goldblum's performances and particularly for the witty, literate dialogue."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Shows Hartley shrinking even as he goes global"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Hartley pretzels his faux spy plot into "Syriana"-like knots and ends up with a fascinating if somewhat flawed absurdist romp."
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"FAY GRIM turns out to be something of a disappointment."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"There's a thin line between goofing irreverently on the maddeningly convoluted nature of spy thrillers and actually being a muddled mess, and Fay Grim crosses it constantly during its deadly second hour."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Fay Grim makes giddy sense to a point, but Hartley seems trapped in a bubble of his own, failing to let us in on a joke that would be funnier if its punch line weren't so quirkily obscure."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Slyly, almost imperceptibly comedic, Fay Grim is indeed a film by Hal Hartley, who wrote, directed, edited and scored the film. But it's also Parker Posey's film"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The nicest surprise of the movie is how long and how well Fay Grim works as a contemporary screwball comedy, a genre from which Hartley's diffuse yet severe sense of irony would seem to disbar him."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Luckily, there is Hartley's immense wit to carry it through, but wit can be a dangerous gift, especially when the capacity to be clever overwhelms all else."
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
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