Fay Grim
Fay Grim (2007)

A single mother from Queens becomes unwittingly embroiled in international espionage in director Hal Hartley's sequel to the critically acclaimed Henry Fool. Fay Grim (Parker Posey) is determined to raise her 14-year-old son, Ned (Liam… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 19, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fay Grim is too concerned with its own farcical premise to present a coherent, involving story.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Movie sequels rarely work as well as literary serials, but the Henry and Fay movies have the ring of a satisfying trilogy in the making.

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David Fear
Time Out

Recycling espionage-a-go-go conventions while namechecking global conflicts doesn't shed light on any state we're in; it just feels fatigued.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A disappointing zany character-driven comedy directed by the once promising indie cult auteur Hal Hartley.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The involved backstory and Hartley's own generic music both prove burdensome; the main attraction is the cast's amusing way of handling Hartley's mannerist dialogue and conceits.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Despite its imperfections, Fay Grim is worth seeing for Posey's and Goldblum's performances and particularly for the witty, literate dialogue.

Fernando F. Croce

Shows Hartley shrinking even as he goes global

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

There's a thin line between goofing irreverently on the maddeningly convoluted nature of spy thrillers and actually being a muddled mess, and Fay Grim crosses it constantly during its deadly second hour.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Fay Grim makes giddy sense to a point, but Hartley seems trapped in a bubble of his own, failing to let us in on a joke that would be funnier if its punch line weren't so quirkily obscure.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Slyly, almost imperceptibly comedic, Fay Grim is indeed a film by Hal Hartley, who wrote, directed, edited and scored the film. But it's also Parker Posey's film

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Saffron Burrows, D.J. Mendel, Liam Aiken, Jasmin Tabatabai, Chuck Montgomery, James Urbaniak, John Keogh, Claudia Michelsen… More
Jesse Ortega
I thought this film started out really strong, but as it went on it sort of got lost along the way. I thought the dialogue was great and I liked how the actors… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]Fay Grim is a unique film, but it's ultimately not that engaging. I really wanted to love it, given that writer/ director [b]Hal Hartley[/b] is… More
Duncan Ryan-Ross
Well, all's I got to say about this movie is that it's a bit of a mess. I like stories where ordinary people are thrust into extraordinary situations,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Fay Grim" takes place seven years after Fay Grim's(Parker Posey) husband, Henry Fool, vanished after catching a flight to… More
Yinalí Ríos
It was an unexpected movie. Though Parker Posey makes it worth watching because of her acting, so it's a good movie.

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