Amateur (1995)

Hal Hartley's fourth feature is a significant break from the quirky romantic comedy territory of his previous work -- though all of the deadpan idiosyncracies which make him such a singular filmmaker remain intact, here he tries his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable quirky-humored hit man flick.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Comes across as an interesting study of the ways in which we are all amatuers at changing our lives.

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Emanuel Levy

Less quirky than earlier films, Amateur pushes its humor too hard and the conceit of amnesia is absurd, but there are poignant observations about purity versus experience and ignorance versus knowledge.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This one tends to fizzle instead of sizzle.

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Jeremiah Kipp

A deadpan examination of coincidence versus signs; tangibility versus faith.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
All time favourite of mine. Can't believe this movie is 20 years old now. As always watching this, I find Elina Lowensohn compelling. What an underrated… More
Kevin M. Williams
Stylistic romantic/comedy/thriller that builds slowly as an amnesiac endeavors to discover his identity. Nice performances in sort of an Hitchcockian homage,… More
John Ballantine
Hal Hartley is one of the most brilliant and underrated directors of his generation. What a shame that more people are not familiar with his work. There was a… More