Dim the Fluorescents
Dim the Fluorescents (2018)

"Dim The Fluorescents" follows the friendship and creative partnership between struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna). Lacking a proper outlet for their creativity, they funnel… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 2018
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tatiana Craine
Village Voice

Skwarna and Armstrong's quirky chemistry keeps the lights on in this overlong debut.

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Lola Landekic
Globe and Mail

Warth has created an astonishing calling card - an earnest and entertaining celebration of process and performance, not to mention a tremendous showcase for two homegrown actors on the cusp of greatness.

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Liam Lacey
Original Cin

It's uplifting to discover a debut film so open to showing both its artifice and heart on its sleeve.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Fluorescents' showy camera moves and full-jazz-hands theater-kid dorkiness are a tonic against the excessively muted naturalism that has come to define indie style.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The two lead actors, along with Toronto writer/director Daniel Warth and co-writer Miles Barstead, make a virtue out the film's unsteady tone.

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Chris Knight
National Post

And the final scene is a powerhouse; it jolted me out of my somnolence. But if the movie were 30 minutes shorter, I wouldn't have been so sleepy to begin with.

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Monica Castillo
New York Times

Mr. Warth, who wrote the screenplay with Miles Barstead, creates a flawed tale of female friendship and the artist's everlasting struggle. Unfortunately, "Dim the Fluorescents" can't keep its story together.

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Harvey S. Karten
Big Apple Reviews

A playwright and an actress living together should complement each other, and these two women have remarkable chemistry throughout; in a movie with empathy for individuals who choose theater as a profession regardless of limited job openings.

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Ernesto Zelaya

At the very least it has something to say, which makes spending two hours with these two ladies interesting for anyone who's been in their shoes.

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