Paint It Black
Paint It Black (2017)

A fierce and painful rivalry erupts between a young woman in the LA rock scene and the pianist mother of her deceased boyfriend. As each grieves the young man's loss for different reasons, the two women become destructively entwined.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 19, 2017
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Dujsik
RogerEbert.com

The film, a strong directorial debut from Tamblyn, creates a waking nightmare of seemingly unresolvable pain and anguish."

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An intriguing audio-visual sense, deft editing and Shawkat's committed performance elevate this strangely watchable film.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

When Michael's countenance is on full display, it is in a state of transformation between the three characters; just like in Bergman's Persona, it is the exchange between characters that defines them.

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Tricia Olszewski
TheWrap

Tamblyn may very well have encouraged McTeer to spin into a ludicrous lioness, but her performance doesn't play well opposite Shawkat's.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Actress Amber Tamblyn's first movie as a director dives headfirst into the hot-button subject of suicide and emerges with expressionistic power with savage grace.

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Keith Phipps
Uproxx

It's as remarkable a depiction of how grief can subsume us and bend reality to its needs as you'll ever see, directed by a talent with a bright future behind the camera.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It's not an easy movie to embrace, but it lingers.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

The trouble with a story like this is there's not really anywhere for it to go.

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Lee Jutton
Film Inquiry

Paint It Black features the voices of three very talented women - Tamblyn, Shawkat, and McTeer - and is all the more powerful for it.

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