(2003)

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Metascore

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90
This isn't exploitation; this is a look at how things may have been with Harris and Klebold, and how something like this could easily happen again.
80
Will chill you to your core.
80
Though comparisons to "The Blair Witch Project" are inevitable, the impeccable first-person camera technique not only makes sense dramatically, but also facilitates a complex and queasily ambiguous relationship between the conspirators and the audience.
80
Variety
Consistently riveting. Anything but sensationalistic, pic powerfully illuminates the banality of evil, as realistically ordinary kids (played brilliantly by non-professional high schoolers) prepare to wreak havoc.
75
Without even trying, Coccio may have stumbled over the truest metaphor for Columbine yet.
75
New York Post
Cocchio's film isn't as poetic as Gus Van Sant's hauntingly beautiful (far more expensive) "Elephant," but it has a power and immediacy that makes it much more worthwhile than "Home Room."
75
Gains its power through what it withholds, namely, sound- bite answers as to why these horrific events happen.
63
New York Daily News
A speculative re-enactment of the 1999 Columbine slaughter, told from the point of view of two suburban high school nihilists as they videotape themselves preparing for the last and "best day" of their lives.
60
Both Robertson and Keuck are frighteningly good, and director Coccio imagines their home movies so effectively that his film comes dangerously close to being a how-to manual for aspiring classroom spree killers.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Meant to be purposefully banal. Unfortunately, there's a thin line between purposefully banal and simply banal, and Ben Coccio's debut feature too often crosses it.

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