Rat Film
Rat Film (2017)

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat-as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 15, 2017
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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

Rat Film is an odd and captivating experience, and its fluid style is its most distinguishing characteristic.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Equal parts disturbing and humorous, informative and bizarre, "Rat Film" is a brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.

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Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground

Plenty of other animals have clucked, purred, barked, splashed and scurried their way through cute critter-focused documentaries, but not in this fashion.

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Andrew Lapin
NPR

Rat Film somehow manages to combine the rigors of good journalism ... with a formal structure that is about as far from journalism as you can get.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

What exactly does it all mean? I'm not sure, but it does make for a disturbing and occasionally absorbing watch.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Perhaps the world wasn't clamoring for a documentary about the history of rat control in Baltimore, but this offbeat cinematic essay is hardly a pest.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

This is a docu-essay of a high, searching order and as written, directed, photographed and edited by Anthony, it's a 2017 highlight.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

The metaphor may seem obvious, but Anthony's blend of well-researched scientific and historical background with deep existential questioning recalls Werner Herzog's best work, presenting a fresh take on a centuries-old subject with poetry and urgency.

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

Rat Film uses its titular subjects as a conduit to expose the pockets of decay rotting Baltimore from the inside out. Rats are the symptom, not the disease.

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