The Flick
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The Flick NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(91 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
9%
Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Original

About the Show

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks of three underpaid ushers in a run-down movie palace.

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Member Reviews (91)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
60
Banal, Cliched, Sophomoric, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like to see real life on stage. Events happen in real time (like cleaning up the movie theater). Banal philosophizing (cell call).

Don't see it if you want action; this is talky. I was bored and annoyed. Can't understand why it won the Pulitzer. Gold's direction exacerbated the banality Read more

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You're the type of person that needs to see any play that's won the Pulitzer.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours or require a lot of action in your plays.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
94
Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a unique play with fantastic acting that will stay with you for a long time.

Don't see it if You find long plays where not much happens boring. But this play is worth it if you have the time.

464 Reviews | 101 Followers
92
Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent

See it if If you love great writing and great acting. This play as it all

Don't see it if you can't handle a 3 hr play. I could have watched this go on for another hour.

440 Reviews | 115 Followers
65
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if you enjoy watching paint dry.

Don't see it if you like witty dialogue and fascinating characters.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
90
Relevant, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you want to see a play with fantastic writing which is very relevant today and brings common yet dynamic characters to the stage

Don't see it if you don't like long plays or lengthy pauses between dialogue. you have no interest in cinema or movie references.

288 Reviews | 92 Followers
83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see great theater which - in simple ways - explores themes of human connection, love, and responsibility.

Don't see it if You're not prepared for a thoughtful, compelling piece of theater - by watching the interaction and relationships unfold among three people.

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252 Reviews | 197 Followers
93
Absorbing, Kyle beltrain, Smart, Interesting characters

See it if You like a show with good character development, something smart and engaging. Has humor, drama, asks good questions.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy dialogue based plays, do not want to be too involved with the characters.

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
May 19th, 2015

"A work of art so strange and fresh that it definitely freaks people out...There’s nothing radical about the language or the story, nor anything visibly avant-garde to shock the sensibility...In ways subtle and smart, it glancingly addresses issues of class and race, of who gets ahead and who gets left behind, and why. And while its style might be called micro-naturalism, or naturalism on steroids, there’s much art in Ms. Baker’s construction and a large vision behind the play’s concept."
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Time Out New York
May 20th, 2015

"Despite its length and aura of depressive inertia, 'The Flick' is a curiously light play about a shadowy topic: the difficulty of telling real life from projections—cinematic and the kind we put on each other...'The Flick' remains an extraordinarily engrossing, funny, weird, sweet and just plain concrete experience... Likewise, the acting has grown richer and keener, studies in longing and detachment that retain a teasing inscrutability."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 18th, 2015

"There are times when 'The Flick' feels undeniably and willfully self-indulgent...The play could probably have made the same points at far less length. But then we would have been deprived of the opportunity of spending so much time with these characters, who by the evening's end have thoroughly burrowed under our skin."
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Entertainment Weekly
May 18th, 2015

"Annie Baker’s moving, magnificent workplace comedy...'The Flick' is flawed, but in the way that all epic, idea-filled, great plays are. It’s overlong. So’s 'King Lear.' It’s repetitive. So is 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night.' More than anything, 'The Flick' is a masterpiece of tone. Baker knows that the greatest American dramas about how we live now rarely arrive at the party all dressed up as important works of art. We’d all be wiser for giving them a minute—or even 180 minutes—of our time."
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Variety
May 18th, 2015

"Annie Baker’s excruciatingly funny 2013 play, 'The Flick,' is back on the boards, none the worse for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama...Helmer Sam Gold recreates his hyper-naturalistic take on the material for this 16-week limited engagement, in a brilliantly engineered production that features the original, dead-perfect cast of four."
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Deadline
May 18th, 2015

"I’m strongly urging everyone I know to see it. Which will surely strike them as odd, because the first time around, I said it was about the worst play I’d ever seen, 3-plus hours of torture. Guess what? I was wrong...On second viewing, I found myself completely drawn into the private worlds and fumbled intersections of these three ordinary lives. Somewhere in the long spaces between words fitfully spoken are acutely and empathically observed people whose problems by the end I really got in to."
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New York Post
May 19th, 2015

"'The Flick' won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but it wasn’t a home run for Playwrights Horizons: Some subscribers were so annoyed by the actionless, leisurely pacing that artistic director Tim Sanford felt compelled to respond with a letter...Now 'The Flick' is back, and at a commercial house, too. Just make sure you get the extra-large pack of Twizzlers."
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AM New York
May 18th, 2015

"Many (myself included) became strangely transfixed by the play's gentle texture, compassionate point of view, close-up realism and complex characters, as portrayed by an excellent four-member cast under Sam Gold's focused direction...There's no denying that 'The Flick' requires a good deal of patience from its audience. But by the end, after three hours and fifteen minutes, I was so hooked that I could have lingered even longer."
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