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Writer/director Michele Maher makes her feature debut with the satirical black comedy Garmento. Set in the garment district in N.Y.C. during the early '90s, fashion rookie Grindy Malone (Katie MacNichol) gets a job as an assistant to Ronnie Grossman (David Thornton), executive for Poncho Ramirez Inc. She meets the other industry players, including haughty Franca Fortuna (Saundra Santiago), assistant Rimi Stone (Gretchen Cleevely), flamboyant Jasper Judson (Jason Butler Harner), and designer Poncho Ramirez (Juan Carlos Hernandez) himself. After the company loses money from a failed line of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Garmento has nothing going for it."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Despite MacNichol's sneaky verve and Thornton's sly subtlety the lead characters swiftly fade and shrink."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"In her three years in the garment industry, Maher may have learned her way around a sewing room but she picked up nothing about a movie set."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"One of the most real exposés of this seamy biz you will ever see."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Despite an excellent start, great characters, and a perfect niche mood, Garmento never fully capitalizes on its potential."
‑ Sam Frazier, Jr., Film Threat
"As a satire, Garmento is toothless. As a comedy, it's funny only in spurts."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Maher's feature debut has amusing moments, but falls apart as quickly as a cheap knockoff."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Maher in her debut as a director/writer does a good job showing why garmento is a derogatory term for the industry that has such a checkered past."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Strong in dialogue and atmosphere, keeping the viewer interested in what is going to happen to these characters."
‑ Edward Havens,
"Writer/director Maher has told her tale well, and the end result is a Mahogeny for the turn of the century (without the bad music or the nervous breakdowns)."
‑ Dean Edward, Film Threat
"This shaky satire set in New York's garment district is consistently undone by an inconsistency of tone and less-than-assured directing and acting."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A toothless, dated Seventh Avenue satire with shaky script, direction and acting."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"At times, Garmento looks like the real deal, but underneath the label, it's just another designer rip-off."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Without an assured character at its center, the movie quickly collapses in a heap of moldy clichés and contrived (and not especially funny) situations."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What is Garmento but a lame approximation of sexier and deadlier works like Altman's The Player?"
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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