Mandibles

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Mandibles finds writer-director Quentin Dupieux off on another thoroughly original flight of fancy that will captivate like-minded audiences while baffling others.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    As a portrait of friendship, viewed through the compound eye of a mutant insect, it is multidimensional and rather moving.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Dupiex is on sublime form for this kooky road movie...
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    What works so well in Mandibles is how it's set up as a basic heist movie, using very familiar elements, so familiar they're almost tired cliches, before going completely off the rails into random demented territory.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Maybe this picture is just a string of wacky ideas, with no deeper meaning. But for those who take the ride, it's an hour and 17 minutes they're unlikely to forget.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    "Mandibles" is short, odd and original, a weird comedy for people who like weird funny things, and it further establishes Dupieux as an ingenious and unique artist.
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    Dave WhiteTheWrap
    Every frame encourages letting one's guard down, just so the story can roll into a ball of sloppy chaos and make an appropriately goofy mess.
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    Ella KempiNews.co.uk
    It's lean and often amusing, 77 minutes of unlikely fun from one of France's most original minds
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    Alistair HarknessScotsman
    An absurdist character piece about friendship with a brilliant supporting role for Adèle Exarchopoulos as a woman who can only express herself by shouting.
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    Eddie HarrisonThe List
    This unusual premise is fresh enough to appeal to some, but such silliness works better in shorts than drawn-out features.
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    Amber WilkinsonEye for Film
    Things feel as though they're happening on a whim in Dupieux's films and yet there's always a grand plan that you just can't make out until he springs it on you and here he jettisons all serious themes in favour of fun.
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