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80
Time Out New York
Sol Tryon's dark, irrepressibly hilarious fable offers highbrow absurdism and low-budget filmmaking at their most clever and outlandish.
60
There's nothing more irritating than a piece that strains to be kooky and eccentric, yet one reason The Living Wake ultimately gets to you is that O'Connell is not trying too hard.
50
The New York Times
Audiences will be either captivated or irritated, depending on their tolerance for high-concept whimsy and high-energy theatrics. By the end of the wake itself, they may be wishing Binew's illness were running ahead of schedule.
42
The Living Wake is cursed with a permanent smirk of smug self-satisfaction: It's so delighted with itself that it leaves audiences out of the equation.
40
The number of clearly talented individuals who committed themselves to the folly of The Living Wake were fearless too.
25
This is a terminally whimsical vanity project that would probably have been a chore to sit through even in its original intended format, a 20-minute stage monologue.
20
From an opening newsreel biography to a climactic Viking funereal ceremony, the film's absurdity proves oppressive, its linguistic cartwheels so mirthless, and its meticulous Wes Anderson-indebted set design and visual compositions so self-conscious, that the ridiculousness feels petrified.

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