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Before making their Oscar-winning film The Usual Suspects, director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie made their first film -- this low-budget independent feature and Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Public Access examines the power and dangers of mass media consumption upon a small-town community. Ron Marquette plays Whiley Pritcher, a stranger in the small community of Brewster, who lands a job as the host of a local public access call-in show. On his program he asks the simple question "What's wrong with Brewster?" and gets all manner of… More
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"[Public Access] is serious-minded and bounces around some provocative ideas, but is vague about such important matters as key story points, motivation and overriding theme."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"As it stands, liberals will feel like the butt of a politically incorrect joke, and conservatives will refuse to recognize Whiley as a kindred spirit. The apolitical will be put off by the director's arty footwork in the service of shadow-satire."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Upon watching Public Access, it's pretty clear why this film never went anywhere at the time it was made, even though it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's engrossing, and Marquette is a genuinely scary customer, a dry-cleaned all-American sociopath."
‑ , Time Out
"Whiley Pritcher is about as pure evil as you are going to see on the screen. Ron Marquette achieves a high level of creepiness in this performance and the rest of the actors are also quite good."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Public Access is a prime example of the kind of elliptical storytelling that has become so popular these days and though it suffers some consequential narrative ambiguities, they do not mar the film's overall impact."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"An uneasy film which sets the viewer up for some surprises and delivers on that promise. Let down, however, by a weak cast of unknowns."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Slow and a little smug, but the film-makers' imagination saves the day."
‑ , Film4
"When it comes right down to it, though, Access isn't accessible enough, and it doesn't sprint to the finish."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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