Test (2014)

Set in the free-spirited San Francisco of 1985, Test lovingly portrays this exciting and harrowing era as young Frankie (dancer Scott Marlowe in a breakout acting debut) confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 6, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

Here is San Francisco as it was in its bohemian twilight, on the eve of catastrophe.

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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

Six years after his debut feature, The New Twenty, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson returns with a film that's less polished but braver.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

It's not worth the trek out to a mediocre cinema, but in the comfort of your own home, those dance numbers make it well worth a watch.

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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

"Test" is woefully inadequate and unnecessary when compared with "Parting Glances" (1986) and "Longtime Companion" (1989).

Tomas Hachard

If Test can portray a dark time with an underlying sense of hope for the future, it's because almost thirty years later, looking back at 1985, it has no ambivalence about the progress that's occurred since.

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Kyle Turner
Under the Radar

Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson does an impressive job mounting the film as a drama and very gradually allowing tension and paranoia to permeate.

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David Ehrlich
AV Club

Test is most effective when it prioritizes mood over psychological melodrama (which is often), but Johnson's approach is torn between Albert Camus and Brian De Palma.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a creative, ambitious project that delivers, thanks in no small part to a director who knows about dance - and to a cast that can both dance and act.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

An observant slice of life from a near-mythical time and place.

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