Mutual Appreciation
Mutual Appreciation (2006)

Alan's (Justin Rice) band, the Bumblebees, has recently broken up after releasing an EP that got some attention. Alan has moved to Brooklyn, where he is trying to get solo gigs, and spending a lot of time with his old friend Lawrence… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Bujalski continues to give cinematic voice to awkward, literate twentysomethings with noteworthy smarts and tenderness.

Ben Walters
Time Out

Despite their lackadaisical impression, the pictures are quite tightly structured: each scene covers emotional and narrative distance. Funny, forgiving, credible and deft, they offer much to appreciate.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Shooting in black-and-white 16mm, Bujalski nods to the pre-Sundance personal cinema of the '50s and '60s. His little circle of pals, though, offers little to outsiders looking in.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Just because it's like real life doesn't mean it's inherently interesting.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The film's mood and style are pitched somewhere between '60s American indie and French New Wave and, as you watch these people, they seem painfully, amusingly on-target.

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Independent

The grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Alan, Lawrence and Ellie, intersecting here and there with a circle of acquaintances and strangers, insinuate themselves into the viewer's heart like good friends.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Mutual Appreciation appropriates a seemingly improvised vérité style that's ideal for a cast of characters of no tremendous ambition.

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Tom Charity
Total Film

The focus is narrow, but its scrutiny is absolutely unerring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon A
Painfully film school project about narcissistic artists dong nothing in particular.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Mutual Appreciation," Alan(Justin Rice) has just moved to New York from Boston after the breakup of his band, the Bumblebees.… More