Closet Monster
Closet Monster (2016)

A closeted Newfoundland teen named Oscar (Connor Jessup) dreams of becoming a special-effects makeup artist, and is terrified of his macho father finding out the truth about his sexuality. When he falls for Wilder (Aliocha Schneider), a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 23, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017
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Critic Score
83%
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User Score
71%



Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

One way to tell a promising director is by the acting in his or her film, and the performances in "Closet Monster" are solid all the way around, no matter how small the role.

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Kate Erbland
indieWire

Dunn plays around with perspective and style, but all the flash doesn't obscure the film's emotion and heart, which are deep and true.

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Armond White
Out Magazine

Somehow that revolutionary, empowering message never got through to Dunn. His film seems sexually and psychologically arrested in the pathology that blocks coming out.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Sort of a horror film, but not really. It's too funny to be categorized that way.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It's nothing less than an emotional exorcism.

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Laura Birnbaum
Film Inquiry

If you didn't think a hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini could make you cry, think again.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

A film school thesis project that somehow found its way into general release.

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Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com

Closet Monster is most successful when it uses fable-like qualities to allow us to feel Oscar's emotions viscerally rather than narratively.

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AdriŠn Ruiz
Excelsior

A psychological thriller that has the ability to leave no one indifferent, something that makes one of the pearls to discover this year and a future cult title. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A beautiful and honest coming-of-age drama that stands out because of its conviction and uses a lot of fascinating symbolism to tackle familiar themes. Full… More
Glenn Gaylord
MILK/TOAST - My Review of CLOSET MONSTER (2 1/2 Stars) Canadian writer/director Stephen Dunn makes his feature directing debut with this messy, uneven,… More