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T. J. Harman's rating of the film This Must Be the Place

If the central character/performance and plot weren't overtly "quirky", this would get the kind of critic attention Alexander Payne movies routinely get. It's got the pathos and small moments people overpraise Payne for in spades. People who don't like Penn or the story can't deny that the direction is beautiful. It's like (sorry..about namedrop analogize) a mix of Ashby, '80's Demme & Wenders, & 90s Cohen bros.