Iowa
Iowa (2005)

Matt Farnsworth wrote and stars in the independent drama Iowa, which also marks his feature directorial debut. Farnsworth and associate producer/co-star Diane Foster had previously worked on Poor Man's Dope, a documentary about… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A mish-mash of familiar cinematic would-be jolts and shocks that don't convince for a more than a moment or two.

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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

As director, Farnsworth lets tricky visuals run roughshod over dramatic unity, while as a performer, his lack of screen presence makes him seem sullen and uninterested instead of darkly charismatic.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

This is just stylistic plagiarism, without any sense of self.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Cut with distractions: tweaky visuals, borrowed touches and cartoonish characters.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Here's a strange, moody movie about "Iowa" that's never going to make to a Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant 'cautionary tale.'

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The most unflinching look yet at the meth pandemic that is sweeping across the Midwest as family values are plowed under by modern corporate agri-business.

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