Iowa (2005)

Matt Farnsworth wrote and stars in the independent drama Iowa, which also marks his feature directorial debut. Farnsworth and associate producer/co-star Diane Foster had previously worked on Poor Man's Dope, a documentary about… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 22, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A mish-mash of familiar cinematic would-be jolts and shocks that don't convince for a more than a moment or two.

Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

As director, Farnsworth lets tricky visuals run roughshod over dramatic unity, while as a performer, his lack of screen presence makes him seem sullen and uninterested instead of darkly charismatic.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

This is just stylistic plagiarism, without any sense of self.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Cut with distractions: tweaky visuals, borrowed touches and cartoonish characters.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

There's not much story but there are plenty of colorful, almost David Lynchian drug freakouts.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Here's a strange, moody movie about "Iowa" that's never going to make to a Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A sour vanity project: trash posing as a socially relevant 'cautionary tale.'

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The most unflinching look yet at the meth pandemic that is sweeping across the Midwest as family values are plowed under by modern corporate agri-business.

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