This coming-of-age story is perfectly captured with a simple, small-scale narrative.
A highly personal film about a gay man’s experience in the Marines, most of the true story is compelling, but the narrative is overly simple and riddled with clichés.
This story of a cruise from hell is an achievement in satire that has much to say and does it well, wading through layers of stinging dialogue, sophisticated observations, and lots and lots of vomit.
Instead of offering new insight, the film fades into the void of forgettable procedural journalism films.
Baumbach’s adapted script is loaded with witty intellectualism and patronizing dialogue, resulting in a project that comes across as being even more self-absorbed than usual.
The anti-Hallmark yuletide classic you’ve been waiting for.