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New York Daily News
Andrew Bujalski's considerable gifts begin with his deep appreciation of the miserable, hilarious awkwardness of real life.
A marvelous, deceptively simple accomplishment shot on grainy 16mm film and featuring a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors delivering loosely written dialogue.
Bujalski's writing is so good, and every shot and edit seems exactly right. Hopefully, there will always be a place for a film like this on a theater screen, no matter the whims of the marketplace.
Bujalski's gift for capturing the awkwardness of social relationships and the messy, unkempt details of everyday life is revealing.
Entertainment Weekly
If this is the sound of a new generation, then it may be the first generation cautious enough to embrace friendship as mightier than love.
The Hollywood Reporter
Particularly adept at chronicling the vague existential aimlessness of a segment of postcollege young adults, Bujalski manages to make his subjects seem simultaneously articulate and socially dunderheaded.
Authentic and hilarious. This film sparks with a natural comic rhythm.
This indie rambler was my favorite movie of South by Southwest 05, where it premiered. But before I go any further, let's establish that Mutual Appreciation is not for you if you go to the movies to see things blown up or if you expect such conventional niceties as a three-act structure or lighting effects not achieved by yanking up a window shade.
New York Post
The indie Mutual Appreciation isn't much more interesting than hanging out with four smart, nice, semi-confused people in their 20s. But that puts it far above the average movie.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
What's so fresh about Mutual Appreciation is how acutely it represents the social rituals of today's post-collegiate types.
Chicago Tribune
The film's mood and style are pitched somewhere between '60s American indie and French New Wave and, as you watch these people, they seem painfully, amusingly on-target. They may irritate you a little, but that's the right response.

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