An irresponsible divorced man spends two weeks with his young sons (Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo).
" Daddy Longlegs is all jangly and raw. The hand-held camera is almost as much of a presence in the film as Lenny is. "
" Has a certain dark charm if you can put up with very jittery camera work and editing. "
" It's heartrending, and it wouldn't be heartrending if it weren't authentic in its texture. "
" At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work. "
" At first glance, the laughing, wisecracking, adventure-promoting dad in Daddy Longlegs seems like a parent any kid would love to have. "
" If Daddy Longlegs is influenced by Cassavetes, well, that's not a bad thing. Few filmmakers have the nerve to travel that path. "
" A risky, heartbreaking exercise in empathy toward a person who may not deserve it. "
" Hitchcock would have loved it, even wrapped in the Safdies scruffy enigma of a movie. "
" The Safdies deserve respect for surviving their childhood, if not for making a film about it that refuses to amuse or indict. "
" Most directors are, in fact, inspiring performers who reserve their performances for cast and crew; Bronstein is among the most self-unsparing and inspired of them, and his performance in the movie is a treasure. "
" Daddy Longlegs may shock you, but it will also make you reexamine your ideas about parenthood, and what it means to be a father. "
" A funny, fantastic, genuinely alarming quasi-autobiographical cheapster by twentysomething New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. "
" Seamlessly strung together with a funny-sad tenderness and a gliding casualness that's more purposeful and believable than the unrefined improvisations of most DIY cinema. "
" The film's grungy, ultra-low-budget look, thanks to the Safdie's handheld camera, is just right for catching the crummy, hardscrabble, rat-infested milieu. "
" The episodic, well-acted tale has a strange kind of charm. "
" Bronstein's loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat. "
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