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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 tweaked-out Midwestern methamphetamine addicts and dealers, and that inspired them to make this feature. Farnsworth plays Esper, whose father, a meth addict, dies as the film opens. Esper stands to collect on an insurance policy, but as executor Irv (John Savage) tells him, only if drug tests on his father come back clean. Esper is involved in a serious relationship… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mish-mash of familiar cinematic would-be jolts and shocks that don't convince for a more than a moment or two."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"This is just stylistic plagiarism, without any sense of self."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"According to this first-time feature filmmaker, the entire Hawkeye State is a hotbed of crime, corruption and clandestine chemistry, with home-cooked crystal methamphetamine replacing pot roast and Mom's apple pie."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cut with distractions: tweaky visuals, borrowed touches and cartoonish characters."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Here's a strange, moody movie about "Iowa" that's never going to make to a Chamber of Commerce dinner."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Iowa is so stupendously slipshod that even mentioning the classics it vainly attempts to emulate would be to give it too much credit by association."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"A sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant 'cautionary tale.'"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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