Rhinoceros Eyes
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Written and directed by Aaron Woodley, Rhinoceros Eyes follows Chep (Michael Pitt), a reclusive prop-factory employee who quite literally lives at his job. Considering that Chep only leaves the funhouse-like factory to watch romantic films at the local movie house and is able to locate even the most obscure of objects from the depths of the prop house, he is regarded among peers as a valuable, if eccentric, asset to the staff. Eventually, Chep develops an infatuation with Fran (Paige Turco), a movie production designer with an uncanny eye for detail and authenticity. As her visits become more… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disturbing movie with new talents to watch ..."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A movie that doesn't always work but certainly earns high marks for weirdness."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Has its own peculiar sensibility, a sort of magical grotesqueness. . . . It's too bad that Woodley doesn't push his themes and ideas further, blurring reality and dream more profoundly."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Reeks of film-school, 'Donnie Darko'-inspired weirdness. It's the sort of movie that would be pretentious if it were smart enough to figure out how."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Utterly wrongheaded and indistinctly creepy, in that yawn-inducing way of pretentious twaddle..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"... I've come to appreciate the comic side of it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"For too much of the film's running time, quirkiness stands in for genuine wit, and the screenplay is most notable for its derivativeness."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Part comedy, part horror and part stream-of-consciousness, the low-budget film betrays influences ranging from retro-maven Guy Maddin to Woodley's own uncle David Cronenberg, all held together by Woodley's own unique spark."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Smacks of upscale student work with a command of atmospherics but a script mixed in a blender of concept doodles."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The surprise is how utterly original [Woodley's] gorgeously mounted curiosity seems."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Quirkiness alone can't substitute for a compelling story line, interesting themes or real characters."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A thriller that shamelessly rummages through other movies in search of shocks."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"What about those fundamentals of engagement that keep filmgoers in their seats?"
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"As weird and off-putting as portions of the film are, the most serious problem is Pitt's performance."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Michael Pitt, the baby-faced actor who recently played a more sophisticated cinephile in Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," holds the film together just by being himself."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
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