I Saw the TV Glow

critic Reviews

, 84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • With a distinctive visual aesthetic that enhances its emotionally resonant narrative, I Saw the TV Glow further establishes writer-director Jane Schoenbrun as a rising talent.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    Schoenbrun understands that, yes, we can be mesmerized, even zombified by these glowing images, but she’s not here to condemn television. She’s here to pay tribute.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    In its blurring of reality and fantasy, I Saw the TV Glow compels us into this mysterious, scary new space.
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    Brian TruittUSA Today
    "Glow" blends the real and the surreal in a neon-drenched nightmare that leaves a trail of thematic breadcrumbs for its audience.
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    Jen YamatoWashington Post
    Director Jane Schoenbrun blurs the lines between reality and fantasy with an intoxicating, Lynchian flair.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    “I Saw the TV Glow” captures the awkward, outcast feeling of finding more meaning and context within a TV show than one’s life struggling to break free from an assigned gender and identity that isn’t who one is inside.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    But as mood and vibe overtake plot and story, the feeling "I Saw the TV Glow" evokes is often stiff and expressionless, even as its visuals are drenched in intoxicating neon blues and greens.
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    Kat HughesTHN
    With I Saw the TV Glow, Jane Schoenbrun continues to go from strength to strength as both a story-teller and a visual artist. 


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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days (VT)
    I Saw the TV Glow is an indie drama through and through, with slow pacing that may frustrate viewers who don't relate to its nostalgic setting and themes. Those who do, however, will be riveted -- and moved.
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    Dominic GriffinThe Baltimore Beat
    “I Saw the TV Glow” is a heavy rumination on an element of being trans that ought to speak to plenty of cis folks, too: having the sense that something about your life is very wrong, but being trapped at the precipice of doing anything about it.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It is the most confounding film... the narrative didn't drive me anywhere.
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