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  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 60
    John P. McCarthy Boxoffice Magazine

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis 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. show more

  • 40
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    The number of clearly talented individuals who committed themselves to the folly of The Living Wake were fearless too. show more

  • 20
    Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 42
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    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. show more

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