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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Deft director Kyle Patrick Alvarez concocts a subtle brew of sexuality, religion and class that goes down easily, even as the world around Samuel sometimes leaves a bitter taste. show more

  • 50
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    It’s not bad, but it’s ineffectual -- shuffling from one semi-satirical vignette to the next and then veering into soul-searching territory while generating only mild engagement. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time. show more

  • 75

    People going to C.O.G. expecting a re-creation of one of Sedaris's reliably uproarious readings of his own material will be disappointed. People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    As an adaptation of Davis Sedaris's short essay from his acclaimed 1997 compilation, Naked, it's a letdown, as it doesn't exude the pop of the author's trademark humor. show more

  • 70
    Nick Schager The Dissolve

    The film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    An adaptation of a short story from David Sedaris’s best-selling Naked collection, C.O.G. (short for “Child of God”) struggles from the outset to retain the snap of the NPR favorite’s hyperbolic humor while also grounding it in authenticity—a tonal disconnect that nonetheless serves to destabilize a potentially predictable coming-of-age tale. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    The curious thing about C.O.G is that it doesn't play like a straightforward adaptation. Much of the mood comes from ingredients that have nothing to do with story or dialogue. show more

  • 67
    Cory Everett The Playlist

    As a standalone feature, it feels like there’s not quite enough there. show more

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