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  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Keith Miller doesn't always trust the fluency of his visual language, occasionally forcing a point that's already being captured. show more

  • 80
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Miller’s ace in the hole is the hulking, regal Harper, whose round face vacillates between childlike mirth and lung-stomping sadness. His casual charisma not only commands our attention and affection, it sidelines every social or thematic concern to this singular, tentatively aspiring life. show more

  • 67
    Rodrigo Perez The Playlist

    While far from perfect, Welcome To Pine Hill works more often than it doesn’t and is an intimate and existential character study of a man out of place with his past, himself, and his surroundings, and the push and pull of former and future worlds beckoning him. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    [Mr. Miller's] film shows the influence of other recent work in the American neo-neo-realist vein, notably Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye, Solo” and Lance Hammer’s “Ballast,” and like them relies on understatement and indirection to arrive at a powerful and resonant meaning. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    At times the improvised dialogue seems too schematic and superfluous, especially in view of such exploratory and observant handheld camera work. Otherwise, though, this is wonderful stuff. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Mixes real-life situations and characters with fictionalized narrative threads to create a highly authentic slice-of-life drama. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Welcome To Pine Hill is a short, docu-realistic film, with very little plot and scenes that play like loose improvisations. Miller is mainly interested in the various spaces Harper inhabits, and how he inhabits them. show more

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