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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Zipper captures the erasing of one of New York’s most unique stamps by cartoon businesspeople with dollar signs for eyeballs. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The Zipper is a carnival ride, a tumbling cage whose screaming customers are spun around like a Ferris wheel. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Amy Nicholson's documentary feels warm and fuzzy about its subject, but at the same time depersonalized. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    Combining footage of embattled town meetings and raucous boardwalk scenes with evenhanded interviews and visualized statistics, Zipper is a compelling argument for a populist Coney Island whose days are, alas, numbered. show more

  • 83
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    The focus is spread too thinly on the various colorful local voices, all of whom openly campaign against Recchia’s intentions with zest and flavor. show more

  • 80
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    The director’s double vision establishes a level of equality on film that in some ways defies the disparity in power between the two opposing forces. show more

  • 70
    Annlee Ellingson Los Angeles Times

    Documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    [Nicholson's] clear affection for the sights and personalities that make Coney Island what it is gets in the way of a hard-hitting investigation of why it hasn't maintained its luster. show more

  • 60
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

    Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, “Zipper” drives home the fragile identity of even the city’s signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment. show more

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