Uncle Kent
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Joe Swanberg makes his first Sundance appearance with his most mature film, UNCLE KENT, an aching true-to-life modern comedy about aging, loneliness, desire, and the awkward intimacies of online friendship. The film follows forty-year-old Kent (Kent Osborne) who is an unmarried children's show writer living alone with his cat in Los Angeles. He spends his days sketching gag cartoons and bouncing ideas off his hyperactive friend, Kev (Kevin Bewersdorf), and his nights staving off loneliness in Internet chat rooms. When one of Kent's online acquaintances, environmental journalist Kate… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The prolific and daring independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg captures the loneliness of the long-term D.I.Y. artist in the age of social networking."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Swanberg seems to be making films that can be mistaken for reality TV shows, except his characters are the type that would never be considered for such programming because they are a bit too uncolorful, almost but not quite milquetoast-y."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Ultimately, if Kent learns anything, it's that he's probably too old for all this crap -- and that's a mature realization for a film genre usually known for its youth and 'hey, whatever' attitude."
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"Uncle Kent is much too intriguing to be discarded as merely twee, softcore hackwork."
‑ Dan Sullivan, Film Comment Magazine
"'He used to do tricks with his penis' isn't really character development."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"...the latest underwhelming drama from a man who stubbornly refuses to grow as a filmmaker..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"At 72 minutes, it's hardly a big ask."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"If you come in midway you'll think you stumbled upon some unedited webcam feed, but this is, I suppose, the new aesthetic of the avant-garde"
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
"It's a portrait of stunted middle-aged maturity that comes off as a performance of self-gratification."
‑ Nick Schager, House Next Door
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