Poolman

critic Reviews

, 22% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • First-time director Chris Pine has clearly watched and loved numerous classic L.A.-based neo-noir comedies; unfortunately, Poolman suggests he'd have been better off not trying to add his own entry to the genre.
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    Emily ZemlerObserver
    I’m sure Pine meant well. He probably had a good idea and couldn’t execute it. An incredibly stoned person wouldn’t be able to decipher Poolman—and neither can a general audience.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's fun! Yes, I was almost pushed to the edge a few times, but it's fun if you don't expect too much.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    Surely, you hope, this turkey will eventually come to life. Surely, you think, with one eye glancing at the exit door, it will turn out to be about something. But all hopes are eclipsed by its idiotic, self-indulgent nothingness.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    There's not a whole lot of plot to describe or even allude to, and I don't think "Poolman" is all that interested in what little there is.
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    Nicolas RapoldNew York Times
    Pine wisely avoids winks to the audience. But he whiffs at making the mystery especially gripping...
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    Sort of the physical, emotional and spiritual embodiment of Los Angeles itself: earnest, silly and a little (or a lot) ridiculous, but insistently charming if you decide to surrender to the experience.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Poolman is like a flimsy and faulty floating device that's full of holes and quickly sinks due to its sheer incompetence. This comedy noir mystery is very un-amusing and incoherent. Everyone involved in this mess should be embarrassed.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCommon Sense Media
    This comedy (which is Pine's directorial debut), tries to be a love letter to L.A., and in that regard, it manages a few sweet, weird moments, but mostly it's noisy, jumpy, and ill-paced.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Like its bohemian title character, the film is more obnoxious than endearing, and too overloaded with quirks.
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    Sonny BunchThe Bulwark
    A pleasant, occasionally silly 100 minutes, and a fine actors showcase.
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