Consuming Spirits
Consuming Spirits (2012)

Christopher Sullivan's animated dystopia is about as far from a cartoon-for-kids as they come. Relationships among the three main characters - Earl Gray, Gentian Violet, and Victor Blue - multiply and divide as their stories becomes… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 12, 2012
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Something more coherent, masterful - and oddly poignant - than it may initially seem.

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Omer Mozaffar
Chicago Sun-Times

It is the story of people in a small ordinary town, knowing nothing but their ordinary affairs, revealing their sins and crimes with an ordinary negligence.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Frame by frame, sketch by sketch, Sullivan has created a rich and layered world in "Consuming Spirits," one that won't easily let you go.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Consuming Spirits" puts a hook in you and doesn't let you off. A hook the size of a crowbar.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Sullivan pulls the narrative noose tight at long last, and wraps up "Consuming Spirits'' as neatly as a Victorian novel - albeit one written by someone with an alarming affinity for the grotesque.

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Eric Henderson

Akin to the Disney version of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Consuming Spirits has moonshine on its rotten breath, but its images are never less than intoxicating.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

An ambitious animated epic that runs well over two hours and sometimes feels more like a feat than a film. Nevertheless, it's a kind of milestone in its genre.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club

In its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.

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A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

Even if one grows impatient with the film's dovetailing tales of small-town desperation, it's hard to tire of its visual execution.

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