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The Dirties

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Canada · 2013
1h 23m
Director Matt Johnson
Starring Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, Shailene Garnett
Genre Drama, Crime, Comedy

The line between reality and fiction starts to blur when two best friends start making a movie about getting revenge on bullies. Implementing found footage, this film explores the world of high school in a profound and important way.

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Empire by

Like Chronicle, it's a fresh spin on the high-school flick. Unlike Chronicle, its execution never quite matches its ideas.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The story transitions from a believable portrait of young culture junkies into a showcase of Matt's burgeoning rage so well that it practically implicates viewers in the process.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

Ultimately, all the metafictions and social commentary are too vague to have any meaning, beyond giving Johnson a foundational justification for this movie. But while The Dirties is in some ways appalling, it’s also effective.


Variety by Peter Debruge

This sloppy, button-pushing black comedy reveals a crew desperately in need of counseling — less in anger management than in the fundamentals of screenwriting, camerawork and structure.

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