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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    You won't see another film like Fay Grim this year, and we should give Hartley credit for making it work on his own terms. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie opens with wit and dash, then devolves into a rather generic spy thriller. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not that Fay Grim isn't amusing. It is, in that deadpan, skewed way that indie auteur Hartley's pics always are. But there's not much else going on here. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Fay Grim is too uneven to win Hartley many converts, it is laced with enough intelligence and wit to remind longtime fans why they were drawn to his unique vision in the first place. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Hartley's kooky cosmopolitan caper can never be accused of slumming, but the shift from dry, offbeat wit to politically charged drama is a little jarring, to say the least; it's a bit like taking in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and having it morph mid-way through into "Shadows and Fog." show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Clever, fast-paced and surprisingly moving. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Strikes me as something of an elaborate mistake, a wasted opportunity and a script Hartley should have discarded. But I liked it anyway. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Fay Grim falls victim to its own worried hyperactivity; it shuts you out with chattery paranoia. Hartley wants us to see the big picture, but he forgets we need artists like him to bring it into focus. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The result is that we feel deliberately distanced from the film. It is not so much an exercise in style as an exercise in search of a style. The story doesn't involve us because we can't follow it, and we doubt if the characters can, either. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time. show more

  • May 22, 2008 mzsook
    Report This User

    May 4, 2007Fay Grim is an act of immaturity or desparation by Hal Hartley. He patches together a mish mash of disparate scenes filmed in exotic locales for two numbing hours. The occasional ironic chuckle, wry Goldblum eyebrow and likable Posey moment become trivial as characters are shuffled around, leaving little human residue to care about. Apparently, Hartley intended to duplicate the mad hatter cadence of current political events, but ended up spending lots of money to beef up an SNL skit with a suicide car bomb. Neither deep, funny or smart enough for the time used. Glibly cynical pseudo satirical thriller?

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