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Fairhaven Reviews

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September 18, 2017
[Director Tom] O'Brien never quite finds a focus around which to center the longing that all three boys/men feel.
July 14, 2015
The movie feels intimate and therapy-bound yet aesthetically remote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2013
It's difficult to dislike Fairhaven, because it is a promising, earnest effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
January 16, 2013
Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 11, 2013
Tom O'Brien smartly stresses realistic, submerged feelings instead of overwrought dramatics in his low-key portrait of friendship and all its complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2013
Great visuals, chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2013
The cliché-infested script ... is long on booze-filled confessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 10, 2013
While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
January 10, 2013
[A] beautifully acted, directed and edited little slice of New England life ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2013
O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2013
It has a nuance and a rumpled comfort with itself, which turns "Fairhaven" into an inviting place to visit.
January 10, 2013
"Not overwritten" can easily shade into "underwritten," which is the case with Fairhaven.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 9, 2013
Its insights are slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2013
The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 9, 2013
Indies don't come blander than writer/director Tom O'Brien's Fairhaven ...
January 7, 2013
With Fairhaven, O'Brien makes an understated, confident entrée into feature filmmaking, mining male relationships to poignant effect in his ... debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
June 21, 2012
Newcomer Tom O'Brien shows promise in this mellow drama about three buddies from small-town coastal Massachusetts.
April 24, 2012
As a performance piece alone, it's worth a look.
January 20, 2013
Read More | Original Score: B-
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