...a funny, fantastic, genuinely alarming quasi-autobiographical cheapster by twentysomething New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.
—J. Hoberman Village Voice
...a lovely, hair-raising film.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
...a quintessential New York movie, filled with hobos who can list their qualifications, hard-ass bosses, and a robber trying to sell Bill Withers albums. (He's played by Abel Ferrara, naturally.)
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
Bronstein's performance is crucial. It's difficult to make a manic character plausible, but he does.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Bronstein holds it all together.
—Michael Phillips Los Angeles Times
...has a certain dark charm if you can put up with very jittery camera work and editing.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
A disconcertingly jumpy tale of breathtakingly crummy parenting, the windblown movie dares a tolerant audience not to call Child Services.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly