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At once dreamily surreal, acutely intelligent, and strikingly tough-minded, this pitch-dark dramatic comedy recalls David Lynch and "Donnie Darko" while remaining fresh and original to its core. A stunning directorial debut.
Portland Oregonian
A frustrating combination of inspiration and routine, acuity and dullness, originality and fashion. Part web-of-life indie film, part troubled teen drama, part suburban satire, part comic book fantasy, it vacillates between the engaging and the silly, buoyed by energetic performances but pulled underwater by self-satisfied writing and direction.
Dallas Observer
Either a bit more humor or a bit more heart could exponentially improve things.
Film Threat
A series of pretentious social commentary punctuated by windows of excellence that only make it more frustrating.
It's a Big Idea movie that comes out only half-baked.
The few genuine moments of connection -- are as refreshing as they are out of place. They only highlight how false and affected the rest of the film is.
An insufferable, self-conscious cult movie, The Chumscrubber smugly heaps on half-baked ideas about media violence, the homogeneity of suburbia and the disintegration of the American family.
The A.V. Club
The resulting film is an example of how a film with camera and acting skills in its corner can still fall flat on its face.
An appallingly clumsy and stupid take on drugs, kidnapping and suicide in suburbia.
L.A. Weekly
Shrill, smug would-be satire.

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