Frownland (2007)

"Frownland" is a pitch-black character study of Keith Sontag, a neurotic, manipulative, stridently unlovable New Yorker whose pitiless roommate aptly describes him, to his face, as "a burbling troll in his underwear."… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

This amazingly accomplished first feature by Ronald Bronstein, made with a crew of four for seemingly little more than the cost of film stock, throbs with energy and vision.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Nerve-rackingly funny, director Ronald Bronstein's microbudget indie features a protagonist for whom each attempt at communication turns into a rhapsody of strangulated verbiage.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Frownland is nothing like a conventional comedy.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

We've all known people like this, usually as little as possible, which may explain why the movie has provoked such violent reactions at festival screenings: it brings us face-to-face with the limits of our compassion.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

It's impossible to watch this grotty, sometimes unbearably undisciplined yet genuinely tragic movie and not think about the first films directed by John Cassavetes and Paul Morrissey.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lynch's Eraserhead has nothing on this head-trip pic when it comes to weirdness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Frownland is like a shriek for help. It centers on an extraordinary performance that plays like an unceasing panic attack. To call it uncompromising is to wish for a better word.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Frownland, Ronald Bronstein's startling comedy, is like a mumblecore Eraserhead directed by John Cassavetes.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

Imagine a less upbeat Taxi Driver remixed mumblecore style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Frownland," Keith(Dore Mann) has been struggling in his job going door to door raising funds for a charity. Some of this might have to do with… More