Friday, October 21, 2011
Paul Shepard: REVIEW ROUND-UP!
So, to the reviews. A lot of filmmakers will claim they don't read reviews, and I'm sure some don't. I haven't been doing this long enough not to care what other people think. For a small film like ours a review can be the deciding factor on whether or not someone wants to give it a shot. So without further adieu, here they are... Click on the name of the paper (the heading) to get the actual review, otherwise I'll just talk about it briefly:
The National Post: I'd be lying if I didn't say that getting this three star review meant a lot to me. But what meant even more was that this reviewer really seemed to "get" the film. And to boot they said some really lovely things.
The Toronto Sun: While I'm sure she doesn't remember it, Liz Braun reviewed a short film festival a few years back where she commented on my film and said that I had done in five minutes what others like it couldn't do at feature length. It was a nice thing to say. And she has more nice things here, in particular that this is a film that should make Canadians proud.
The Toronto Star: Not our biggest supporter, but still nothing to shake your fist at. No film is for everyone and considering how routinely romantic comedies get slammed by critics, I think we did just fine here.
The Grid: The black sheep of our reviews. I very well can't post all the positive and leave out the negative. I'm trying to avoid reviewing the reviews, however I can't help but think that from reading this one that this reviewer just hates the mockumentary format to begin with - so it's no surprise that we didn't get much love. You can't win them all!
These are all the reviews I've seen so far, if anyone spots any more please let me know - post in the comments. Otherwise, get your butt to the theatre and tell everyone you know!