Putty Hill
Putty Hill (2011)

A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, PUTTY HILL is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield (HAMILTON). At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ronnie Scheib

This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

With "Putty Hill," Porterfield joins the company of American indie directors Ramin Bahrani and Kelly Reichardt, filmmakers often compelled to seek out everyday souls in their textured, oh-so quotidian environs.

David Sterritt

What brings the bare-bones narrative alive is the mostly improvised dialogue created by the actors as the camera prepared to roll.

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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter

Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It looks closely, burrows deep, considers the way in which lives have become pointless and death therefore less meaningful.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

While this film could win some kind of award for getting the most out of a limited budget, the low budget of the film is a handicap that isn't fully overcome. It is an experimental film that works part of the time and fails part of the time.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Porterfield's rejection of obvious irony makes this not only a warm film, but one which shows the real face of America's poor, young and disenfranchised.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

"Putty Hill" transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Porterfield's ingenious structural choices and the film's exemplary sense of place... [are] only enough to make the film tolerable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Putty Hill" is a low key and naturalistic movie that takes place after Cory has overdosed at the age of 24. As we find out through interviews… More