What Is It?
What Is It? (2005)

Eccentric actor Crispin Glover makes his feature directorial debut with this Dadaist film experiment about a snail-obsessed boy searching for a way home while struggling with his racist inner psyche. Featuring a cast comprised almost… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 27, 2005
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

It's clear that [director] Glover is less interested in narrative than in rekindling a rich midnight-movie/avant-garde tradition that encompasses everything from Maya Deren and Jack Smith to Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

His directorial debut, What Is It? -- which plays as part of a double bill with a live, enthusiastically performed slide show in which Mr. Glover displays pages from his recent series of books -- is just as unclassifiable as he is.

Daniel Wible
Film Threat

If you're like me, i.e. an abnormally functioning film critic, you're likely to find it fascinating and utterly hilarious.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Glover, who appears in the film as a kind of barbarian dictator-auteur, lacks both the self-imposed ideological innocence and the talent for composing sounds and images of David Lynch.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

It isn't the blatant affronts - the aspects aimed to shock - that upset me, but the fact that the film lacks heart.

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Eric D. Snider

It's weirdness for weirdness' sake, and while I disagree fundamentally with a film that has no purpose other than to make you go 'huh ... that was odd,' I do concede that most of the weirdness in this case is at least interesting weirdness.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A shocker, but not a world-class one.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The film, for all of its very explicit connections to other works, is still a thing of unique madness.

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