Mutual Appreciation
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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 (Andrew Bujalski, the film's writer/director) and Lawrence's girlfriend, Ellie (Rachel Clift). Alan quickly books a gig at hip Brooklyn club Northsix, and does a radio interview with Sara (Seung-Min Lee), during which he mentions that he doesn't even have a drummer. As luck would have it, Sara's brother, Dennis (Kevin Micka), is a drummer. Sara… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"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."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Every scene in Bujalski's films is a little awkward, and just right."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Indebted to the films of Jim Jarmusch and John Cassavetes, Bujalski invests this love triangle with real empathy for his bumbling, hyper-articulate characters, and a sly, edgy humour."
‑ , Film4
"Just because it's like real life doesn't mean it's inherently interesting."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly."
‑ , Independent
"Bujalski perfectly skewers what you might call the "sort-of" generation: educated, mid-20s white Americans hemmed in by their own non-committal uncertainty."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Bujalski is a shrewd comic observer, and astute enough a director to get the most of his engaging actors."
‑ Tom Dawson,
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mutual Appreciation appropriates a seemingly improvised vérité style that's ideal for a cast of characters of no tremendous ambition."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The focus is narrow, but its scrutiny is absolutely unerring."
‑ Tom Charity, Total Film
"The painful honesty and geeky cool draws you in, but the film's sweet-natured humour seals the deal."
‑ , Times [UK]
"Just because you shoot semi-improvised scenes in black-and-white doesn't mean you're the new Jim Jarmusch."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
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