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Eccentric actor Crispin Glover makes his feature directorial debut with this Dadaist film experiment about a snail-obsessed boy searching for a way home while struggling with his racist inner psyche. Featuring a cast comprised almost entirely of Down Syndrome-affected actors, What Is It? is the first installment of the surreal "It" trilogy. The second installment, entitled It is Fine! Everything is Fine, followed in 2007. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's clear that [director] Glover is less interested in narrative than in rekindling a rich midnight-movie/avant-garde tradition that encompasses everything from Maya Deren and Jack Smith to Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"His directorial debut, What Is It? -- which plays as part of a double bill with a live, enthusiastically performed slide show in which Mr. Glover displays pages from his recent series of books -- is just as unclassifiable as he is."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"If you're like me, i.e. an abnormally functioning film critic, you're likely to find it fascinating and utterly hilarious."
‑ Daniel Wible, Film Threat
"Glover, who appears in the film as a kind of barbarian dictator-auteur, lacks both the self-imposed ideological innocence and the talent for composing sounds and images of David Lynch."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It isn't the blatant affronts - the aspects aimed to shock - that upset me, but the fact that the film lacks heart."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It's weirdness for weirdness' sake, and while I disagree fundamentally with a film that has no purpose other than to make you go 'huh ... that was odd,' I do concede that most of the weirdness in this case is at least interesting weirdness."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"A shocker, but not a world-class one."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The film, for all of its very explicit connections to other works, is still a thing of unique madness."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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