Para disfrutar de una experiencia mejor en MUBI, Actualiza tu buscador
Critics reviews
The Dirties
Matt Johnson Canada, 2013
At its best, docufiction has the ability to challenge our attitude towards a given topic while constantly shifting the parameters of its own reality. For his provocative, urgent debut, writer/director Matt Johnson flips the film-within-a-film device on its head in order to tackle a complex social issue from a startlingly fresh perspective. Though not without its flaws, The Dirties is a bold calling card that’s certain to stir debate.
June 05, 2014
Read full article
The deft bridging of the film’s clever structural gimmicks with its central character helps enhance the film’s late turn to horror—a final tour of the school halls, each cut jumping into a camera being set up on lockers, is a nightmare in near-silence—but it also generates such an empathetic connection between audience and character that Matt’s delusion becomes tragic.
October 07, 2013
Read full article
Remarkable as much for its insights as for its audacity, “The Dirties”approaches school violence with a comic veneer that slowly shades into deep darkness. Capturing the downward spiral of Matt (played by the director, Matt Johnson), an excitable high schooler terrorized by bullies and obsessed with bloodthirsty movies, this found-footage exercise unfolds with shocking credibility.
October 03, 2013
Read full article
…In too many other films, Matt would be a simple villain. Yet The Dirties also understands that the corollary of this greater empathy is the fostering of a horrific narcissism, a belief that only the storyteller can be the “good guy.” Many movies need good guys and bad guys, and so many movies fall short of providing a nuanced portrait of reality. The Dirties, however, is not one of them.
October 02, 2013
Read full article
Technically cruddy and tiresome in its we’ve-seen-a-lot-of-movies dialogue, this lame provocation follows a pair of high-school movie geeks (director Matthew Johnson and Owen Williams) who set out to document the bullies who harass them. Several hallway beatings and sweaty brainstorming sessions later, they mount their own Columbine, a development that’s as tasteless as it is falsely profound.
October 01, 2013
Read full article
Unashamedly referencing a kaleidoscope of influences, this reworking of the high school massacre film sets up a metafictional, fly-on-the-wall reality only to demystify it and create something that funnily, unsettlingly, and very persistently eludes one’s grasp. While watching it, I recalled the work of Mexican director Nicolás Pereda, who by coincidence is one of the five jury members overseeing the section.
August 09, 2013
Read full article
This is appropriate for a film whose story necessitates a certain sensitivity to reality. There have been many films about bullying and many more about school shootings, but few have been as interested in or attuned to the ordinary life that precedes the tragedy.
June 27, 2013
Read full article