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Les Franken leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life - Superhero.
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I.E. Weekly
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November 21, 2008

Shot for pennies -- a cash limitation that benefits the production's creativity and credibility -- this haunting film keeps shifting the ground under our feet
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At the Movies

November 24, 2008

The premise is intriguing, and the film is occasionally amusing, but it feels stuck between a completely satirical farce and an aching drama.
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Common Sense Media
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January 27, 2009

Eccentric, depressing thriller won't grab teens' attention.
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New York Daily News
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November 21, 2008

It may not be perfect, but this under-the-radar indie from Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore is smart enough to leave you glad you found it.
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IGN Movies
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November 26, 2008

Special works as an honest portrait of little people with big dreams even if it remains itself a little movie without a big impact.
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What Would Toto Watch?
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March 31, 2009

Special offers a unique spin on the superhero template but rarely soars beyond its sly premise.
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Film Journal International
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November 21, 2008

The sight of him, bloodied but eternally unbowed, in his ridiculous, homemade superhero costume may indeed be totally iconic for true pulp believers.
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New York Times

November 21, 2008

Ultimately it adds little to our understanding of the curious return of the superhero as our paradigmatic pop archetype.
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House Next Door
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November 21, 2008

Take[s] a page from the cartoonist Bill Watterson, who noted of the tiger protagonist in his great Calvin & Hobbes, 'The nature of [the character's] reality doesn't interest me, and each story goes out of its way to avoid resolving the issue.'
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Film School Rejects
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February 11, 2009

The quiet-yet-hip tone of the film reminded me a lot of Roger Dodger, another indie film that let's its script and acting do the talking.
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November 21, 2008

Rappaport does a yeoman's job in this tonally confused oddity.
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