Cheatin' (2015)

In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 3, 2015
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The story is stuffed with exaggeration, elongation, elaboration, but it's all in the service of making a commonplace circumstance - love - look like it feels when it happens to you, i.e. the very opposite of commonplace.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is extremely rich in visual inventiveness and depth of feeling -- with numerous sequences that could almost pass muster as individual shorts.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

There's a messy beauty to the scribbled hatching and extremely loose shapes jittering in their imperfections from one frame to the next.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Plympton will be cheated if "Cheatin'" doesn't at least get nominated for a best animated feature Oscar.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Bill Plympton's latest feature-length animation, about a loving couple riven by infidelity, contains some of his loveliest fantasy sequences, though the gap between his visual and storytelling skills persists.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Movement is of the essence here, and it's really something to see these irrepressibly protean figures put through their emotional paces.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

The whole range of human emotion - love, lust, anger, jealousy, despair, grief - is felt through Plympton's animation. It's just a shame that his boundless creativity doesn't extend to the narrative.

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Erik McClanahan
Minneapolis Star Tribune

At times it comes to life, but for the most part it's a bit one-note and repetitive.

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Rob Gonsalves

Now and again, the movie feels like a compilation of short "Plymptoons" that happen to share a theme and a pair of characters.

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