Shit Year
Shit Year (2011)

Renowned actress Colleen West (Ellen Barkin) abandons her successful career for a secluded life in the hills. But the quiet and peace of mind she longed for is disrupted by the noisy construction of neighboring housing developments. Before… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eric Kohn

While I admire Archer's attempt to tackle the well-worn path of the fading superstar narrative with ingenuity, his high-minded conceits muddy the vitality of Barkin's performance.

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David Fear
Time Out

A teeth-gnashing example of film-school pretentiousness...

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Cam Archer's Shit Year is a volatile but intoxicating examination of personal emptiness.

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Jay Weissberg

Archer's given a gift to Barkin fans, offering the actress a fully-developed central role that takes advantage of her reflexive ability to shape her character's deep insecurities with an overlay of lived-in confidence and power.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

These poses and pretty rooms may accurately reflect Colleen's visual aesthetic, the world she inhabits or wants to, but whether hers or Mr. Archer's, it's not compelling.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Barkin is nobly committed to the film's dreamlike reality. But neither the script nor the self-conscious camerawork gives her story any depth.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A protegé of Gus Van Sant, Archer -- who also makes short films and music videos -- has a wild imagination he has trouble harnessing. He doesn't know the meaning of "too much."

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
"Shit Year" wins the award for best movie title of the year but definitely not best movie of the year. It is a highly avant-garde hand-made film shot… More

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