A 13-year-old outcast (Malcolm Stumpf) becomes fixated on an older schoolmate (Patrick White) and secretly begins dressing in his mother's (Fairuza Balk) clothes.
" [Director] Archer isn't necessarily taking us anywhere new, but his movie's rapture is beautiful inside and out. "
" An impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and disorderly at the trough of High Art. "
" Cam Archer is a 24-year-old with a future. At least that's the impression given by his first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, which he wrote and directed. "
" Dreamlike first feature by [Cam] Archer -- short-form auteur of the queer teen crush -- in which a sensitive 13-year-old loner nurses an infatuation for an older boy. "
" Stylish flourishes hold things together in the absence of strong plotting. "
" The moment at the dawn of adolescence when hormones and daydreams swirl into a heady fog of confusion is poetically evoked in Wild Tigers I Have Known. "
" Young writer-director Cam Archer uses disjointed imagery, textures and clashing sound to create something seamlessly odd and poignantly pubescent. "
" The filmmaker, Cam Archer, seems to be trying for a mood of hazy self-pity, which he achieves just enough to make you wish he'd get over it. "
" This is lyricism at its most extreme, at once gripping and off-putting because Archer views his characters as if he were gawking at them through the bars of a cage. "
" While there's something admirable in [director] Archer's attempt at making an ambient song of the self out of the protagonist's search for sexual identity (along with some heavily metaphorical mountain-lion attacks), the result is empty. "
" Wild Tigers I Have Known studiously avoids the cliches of the genre. It's also exasperatingly inconclusive. Its dreamy, enigmatic characters often fail to engage. "
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