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  Movie Review for For Your Consideration

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For Your Consideration



For Your Consideration
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129 Reviews total.

Release date: 11/17/2006
Run length: 86 mins.
Categories: Comedy

Summary: Debut feature director Jay Berman steers cast and crew through a typically tumultuous independent film "Home for Purim," an intimate period drama about a Jewish family's turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch's favorite holiday. When Internet-generated rumors begin circulating that three of the film's stars--faded luminary Marilyn Hack, journeyman actor and former hot dog pitchman Victor Allan Miller, and ingénue Callie Webb--may be perpetrating Award-worthy performances, a rumble of excitement rattles the cast. Once "Hollywood Now" anchors Chuck Porter and Cindy Martin pick up the buzz, Award fever infects the entire production. Unit publicist Corey Taft, talent agent Morley Orfkin, and producer Whitney Taylor Brown all smell the sudden potential for a sleeper hit. As does Sunfish Classics President Martin Gibb, who suggests some last-minute changes that he feels will broaden the film's appeal. Meanwhile, "Purim's" screenwriters, Lane Iverson and Philip Koontz, grow steadily more horrified as they watch the first film adaptation of their work diverge from their original story. As the hopeful "Purim" team careens toward the end of production and the upcoming Award season, tenuous relationships and brittle dreams play out in unexpected ways.

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration

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Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat (7/0)
            For Your Consideration may be a little too insider-ish for viewers unfamiliar with the v...

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Philip Martin of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (7/0)
             For all the shots it takes at Hollywood pretense, there's nothing all that nasty about the movie...

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David Germain of Associated Press (7/0)
            The gags may be hit and miss in For Your Consideration, but the performances often are comic gems...

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Lori Hoffman of Atlantic City Weekly (7/0)
            Let’s start the Internet buzz right now — we want an O-nod for O’Hara.

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Lori Hoffman of Atlantic City Weekly (7/0)
            Let’s start the Internet buzz right now — we want an O-nod for O’Hara.

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Josh Rosenblatt of Austin Chronicle (7/0)
            ... the real problem with For Your Consideration is that it's just not funny.

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Jamie Russell of BBC (7/0)
            True, Hollywood's not difficult to caricature, but For Your Consideration is more than willing to...

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Wesley Morris of Boston Globe (7/0)
            ...the results are mostly funny but surprisingly sad, too.

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Fred Topel of Can Magazine (7/0)
            The problems with Home for Purim are the same for For Your Consideration. The performances are so...

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Leigh Singer of Channel 4 Film (7/0)
            Lazy, smug and mean-spirited, this certainly isn't Spinal Tap or anywhere near as good as Guest a...

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Lawrence Toppman of Charlotte Observer (7/0)
            Everyone's entitled to a slump, and this is only the first blah film in five for Guest (if we cou...

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (4/3)
            ...captures certain essential, absurd truths about how movies are made these days:

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune (7/0)
            Levy has handled these types before, but nobody handles them better.

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Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor (7/0)
            Marilyn may not rate an Oscar nomination, but O'Hara certainly does.

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Kim Voynar of Cinematical (7/0)
            Although For Your Consideration works okay overall, and parts of it are very funny, it somehow la...

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Mark Palermo of Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (7/0)
            The Hollywood machine is so thoroughly documented in other movies, the lampooning gets stuck in a...

By
Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid (7/0)
            Rather than taking aim at the movie industry... For Your Consideration decides to make fun of its...

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Edward Douglas of ComingSoon.net (7/0)
            Isn't nearly as immediate or lasting as previous [Guest] mockumentaries, though it does hit close...

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Mary F. Pols of Contra Costa Times (7/0)
            As those of us who actually follow these entertainment industry sagas head into the real life awa...

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David Edwards of Daily Mirror [UK] (7/0)
            Would have been much better as a 30-minute TV show, with not enough of a plot for a full film.

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Michael Booth of Denver Post (7/0)
            Inside the awfully good comedy For Your Consideration is a purely awful drama, dying to break out...

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Robert Denerstein of Denver Rocky Mountain News (7/0)
            The real joy lies in watching some of the funniest actors on the planet nail their characters wit...

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Jeff Vice of Deseret News, Salt Lake City (7/0)
            All of the in-joke humor is so inside that some gags will likely go over heads of audience member...

By
John J. Puccio of DVDTown.com (7/0)
            Guest stretched himself a little thin this time, as For Your Consideration is not quite up to his...

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Dezhda Mountz of E! Online (7/0)
            The actors' confessionals to camera that usually pepper Guest's movies are gone here and sorely m...

By
Dezhda Mountz of E! Online (7/0)
            For Your Consideration accurately hits La-La Land where it hurts, but at the expense of the rich ...

By
Brian Orndorf of eFilmCritic.com (7/0)
            The picture is certainly the least hilarious of Guest's recent output, but what it lacks in giggl...

By
Erik Childress of eFilmCritic.com (7/0)
            Shearer's Victor says that 'Oscar is the backbone of this industry, an industry not known for bac...

By
Emanuel Levy of EmanuelLevy.Com (7/0)
            Hilariously funny and comically precise, Guest's parody of Hollywood's hype machine and award-ob...

By
Angie Errigo of Empire Magazine (7/0)
            We expect oddball wit of a higher calibre from Guest and co., although their inherent, zany likea...

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Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly (7/0)
            ...a shoo-in to sweep every trophy available in the competitive category of best coif in this cra...

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Eric D. Snider of EricDSnider.com (7/0)
            It's nice to see a comedy that leaves you wanting more instead of making you wish it had ended 20...

By
Eugene Novikov of Film Blather (7/0)
            Doesn't fail to amuse -- Guest and Co.'s jabs at the movie industry are often as sharp as you'd e...

By
Kevin Lally of Film Journal International (7/0)
            Isn't quite as on-target as [Guest's] previous efforts, but his talented troupe again delivers mo...

By
Chris Cabin of filmcritic.com (7/0)
            The spirit of comic bravado can still be felt underneath, but the film is undeniably flawed, almo...

By
MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher (7/0)
            Hollywood is Guest's ***** here, and it's an easy target, but neither he nor his usual gang go fo...

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Rob Vaux of Flipside Movie Emporium (7/0)
            While For Your Consideration has many of the same elements that have worked so well for [Guest] i...

By
Rick Groen of Globe and Mail (7/0)
            The target is way too easy and the tone far too smug.

By
Eric Lurio of Greenwich Village Gazette (7/0)
            Not only are the characters morons, but thier work is mediocre. In earlier films, their work was ...

By
Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews (7/0)
            Are Guest and Levy scared of biting the hand that feeds or simply out of touch? In either case, t...

By
Peter Bradshaw of Guardian [UK] (7/0)
            The comedy is very unsubtle, and huge swathes of screen-time are given over to Fred Willard as a ...

By
Michael Rechtshaffen of Hollywood Reporter (7/0)
            ...outrageously hilarious...

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Kit Bowen of Hollywood.com (7/0)
            ...a more poignant and subtle point of view than what director Christopher Guest and his improvis...

By
Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (7/0)
            While you may not laugh out loud very often, I'd be willing to bet that most viewers will be smil...

By
Jim Slotek of Jam! Movies (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is not the best film put out by the Christopher Guest rep company. But it ...

By
James Sanford of Kalamazoo Gazette (7/0)
            although it doesn't have as much of an edge as their previous efforts and some of the material is...

By
David Kaplan of Kaplan vs. Kaplan (7/0)
            The film started to go downhill when the writers decided to change the movie-in-a-movie title fro...

By
Jeanne Kaplan of Kaplan vs. Kaplan (7/0)
            It's a great assemblage of characters and actors without a great script.

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Andrea Chase of Killer Movie Reviews (7/0)
            Caustic yet still playful enough (barely) to qualify as a comedy, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is the d...

By
Scott Foundas of L.A. Weekly (7/0)
            This is the first of Guest’s movies that has felt calculated to me, like it was made not because ...

By
Robert Roten of Laramie Movie Scope (7/0)
            I would rather stay home and watch TV than walk across the street to watch this movie for free.

By
Nick Schager of Lessons of Darkness (7/0)
            The omnipresent sense of having already been here and done this ... permeates For Your Considerat...

By
Andy Klein of Los Angeles CityBeat (7/0)
            As usual, the result combines laughs with poignancy: O'Hara and Shearer, in particular, can be fu...

By
Bob Strauss of Los Angeles Daily News (7/0)
            By the end, For Your Consideration feels like a missed opportunity through and through.

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Carina Chocano of Los Angeles Times (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is the first of Guest's films to be filmed as a narrative rather than a mo...

By
Mark Dujsik of Mark Reviews Movies (7/0)
            Guest and his troupe are clearly having fun poking fun at the industry that pays their bills whil...

By
Pete Hammond of Maxim (7/0)
            There are a lot of laughs to be mined from the spectacle of ego-inflated superstars tripping over...

By
Randy Shulman of Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) (7/0)
            If there were any justice in the world of movies, the film's distributor would gather up all copi...

By
Jackie Loohauis of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/0)
            You know what else we heard about this film? They're saying it could be nominated for an Oscar...

By
Gabriel Shanks of Modern Fabulousity (7/0)
            For Your Consideration feels under-cooked, with easy potshots at an indulgent Hollywood studio sy...

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Kevin N. Laforest of Montreal Film Journal (7/0)
            A pretty big letdown, despite some good chuckles courtesy of perennial Christopher Guest MVP Fred...

By
Ken Hanke of Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) (7/0)
            This goof (it's not really strong enough to qualify as a spoof, much less a satire) on Oscar feve...

By
Ted Murphy of Murphy's Movie Reviews (7/0)
            The problem with FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION is that it breaks the cardinal rule of comedy: it just is...

By
David Edelstein of New York Magazine (7/0)
            Even more welcome than a new Bond is a new Guest.

By
Lou Lumenick of New York Post (7/0)
            Fred Willard does his most inspired work...

By
Stephen Holden of New York Times (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is by far the broadest comedy Christoper Guest and company have made. Desp...

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Stephen Holden of New York Times (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is by far the broadest comedy Mr. Guest and company have made. Despite...

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Jan Stuart of Newsday (7/0)
            For Your Consideration rests on the flimsiest of jests.

By
Frank Swietek of One Guy's Opinion (7/0)
            Obvious and limp, a pale reflection of the quirky verve that marked its predecessors.

By
Tasha Robinson of Onion AV Club (7/0)
            Much of For Your Consideration feels shrill and off-base, like it's working too hard and reaching...

By
Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews (7/0)
            Except for a few Tinseltown meshugeneh moments the total experience amounted to gornisht.

By
Jeanne Aufmuth of Palo Alto Weekly (7/0)
            A tired air of familiarity and distinct lack of stand-up sparkle.

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Jon Popick of Planet Sick-Boy (7/0)
            You probably won't care that the subject -- the movie industry -- has already been sent-up by Gue...

By
Ethan Alter of Premiere Magazine (7/0)
            Few things are more disappointing than watching one of your favorite comedians struggling through...

By
Linda Cook of Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) (7/0)
            Here's another intelligent comedy "For Your Consideration" from Christopher Guest.

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David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews (7/0)
            ...it seems doubtful that the filmmaker is going win over detractors with this frustratingly one-...

By
Mark Pfeiffer of Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is a funny movie, albeit a minor one alongside Guest's other comedies.

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Pam Grady of Reel.com (7/0)
            ... still far funnier than most of what passes for movie comedy these days ...

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Laura Clifford of Reeling Reviews (7/0)
            ..amusing in fits and starts, and sometimes almost poignant, but it often feels like missed oppor...

By
Robin Clifford of Reeling Reviews (7/0)
            Expectations for FYC exceed the results.

By
Jeffrey Chen of ReelTalk Movie Reviews (7/0)
            [Not] on the level of the fine work Guest and his talented ensemble have delivered in the past.

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (7/0)
            ...often amusing but rarely uproarious, making this the softest of Guest's recent oeuvre.

By
Jim Emerson of RogerEbert.com (4/3)
            Like Guest's other films, For Your Consideration is extremely funny and tinged with sadness and d...

By
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone (7/0)
            ...hilariously twisted...

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Carla Meyer of Sacramento Bee (7/0)
            Jane Lynch and Fred Willard are consistent bright spots as "Entertainment Tonight"-style bozo TV ...

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Jim Lane of Sacramento News & Review (7/0)
            ...a pleasant diversion.

By
Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com (7/0)
            Crisply made and highly entertaining.

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Sean Means of Salt Lake Tribune (7/0)
            I'd almost call O'Hara's performance "Oscar-worthy," if For Your Consideration didn't prove what ...

By
Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle (7/0)
            ...becomes more effective as it gets more cutting.

By
Gina Carbone of Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) (7/0)
            A film can't go to 11 when there are a dozen actors vying to be Nigel.

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William Arnold of Seattle Post-Intelligencer (7/0)
            ...not hugely funny or satirically biting.

By
Moira MacDonald of Seattle Times (7/0)
            ... a quiet but often giggly pleasure.

By
Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall (7/0)
            Although it features the same improv-style hilarity, it feels like a more serious Hollywood satir...

By
Jason Clark of Slant Magazine (7/0)
            This overcrowded and under-funny assault on Hollywood and the Academy Awards is the latest in Gue...

By
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality and Practice (7/0)
            A very funny satire on the Hollywood hype machine and the worthless junk it spews into the univer...

By
Rick Curnutte of TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio) (7/0)
            Where For Your Consideration fails the most is in its rather juvenile interpretation of how the e...

                         Reviews of For Your Consideration
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Stuart McGurk of thelondonpaper (7/0)
            Along with his writing partner Levy - the only man who can be upstaged by his own eyebrows - Gues...

By
Dustin Putman of TheMovieBoy.com (7/0)
            For Your Consideration is Christopher Guest's most comedically sharp feature since the marvelous ...

By
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone of TheMovieChicks.com (7/0)
            And the winner is... something other than this. We considered it and were not impressed.

By
Derek Malcolm of This is London (7/0)
            May be a small jewel but it is certainly better value than half the biggies around just now.

By
Richard Schickel of TIME Magazine (7/0)
            You have to admire the economy of Guest's work, his ability to work on a small scale and his dead...

By
Ben Walters of Time Out (7/0)
            Although it scores some easy laughs, Guest’s latest is a disappointment.

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Tony Medley of tonymedley.com (7/0)
            The best I can say for this is that a Guest fan might find it moderately entertaining.

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Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide's Movie Guide (7/0)
            Levy and Guest train a glaring spotlight on the self-absorption, vanity, delusions and histrionic...

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Urban Cinefile Critics of Urban Cinefile (7/0)
            Funny, biting, cutting and satirical %u2026 but there are fewer laughs than expected; more likely...

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Claudia Puig of USA Today (7/0)
            The jokes are not at the comic level of A Mighty Wind or Best in Show.

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Eddie Cockrell of Variety (7/0)
            [It] works chiefly because they continue to simultaneously embrace and condemn the cruel superfic...

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Matthew Turner of ViewLondon (7/0)
            The acting is superb as always and there are several good laughs here, but there aren't enough of...

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Willie Waffle of WaffleMovies.com (7/0)
            The set up for the movie is full of comic potential, but the execution kills it deader than Mel G...

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Ann Hornaday of Washington Post (7/0)
            [The film] may contain as many riffs on ego, self-deception and corporate greed as Guest's direct...

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John Beifuss of Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            Guest carves a plastic-surgery rictus into Catherine O'Hara's face that's as disturbing as the Gw...

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Greg Maki of Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) (3/5) Login Required (Login Required)
            Is there a better group of actors today than Christopher Guest's troupe of improv players?

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Shlomo Schwartzberg of Boxoffice Magazine (3/4) No reference
            For Your Consideration, though uneven, is still chockfull of the low-key charm, smart performance...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum of Chicago Reader (3/4) No reference
            By now Christopher Guest's brand of satire has become so formulaic that it hardly matters that he...

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Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper (3/4) No reference
            Jane Lynch does a stance, a television hostess stance that’s so perfect, without saying a word, t...

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Scott Von Doviak of Fort Worth Star-Telegram (3/4) No reference
            For Your Consideration is aimed straight at the heart of the Hollywood beast. Unfortunately, Gues...

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Robert W. Butler of Kansas City Star (3/4) No reference
            I don't doubt that people who've worked in Hollywood will find plenty to chortle about. For the r...

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Lisa Rose of Newark Star-Ledger (3/4) No reference
            You would expect heady fun from Guest and company as they parody themselves, but the movie is con...

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Marc Mohan of Oregonian (3/4) No reference
            Fred Willard, as always, just exudes funny as the co-host of 'Entertainment Now,' and Jane Lynch'...

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Roger Moore of Orlando Sentinel (3/4) No reference
            Fans of Guest's brand of repertory-company character comedies will find a few reasons to grin. Bu...

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Gary Thompson of Philadelphia Daily News (3/4) No reference
            Guest is on the right track here, but it would have taken more conceptual hard work, and more goo...

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Carrie Rickey of Philadelphia Inquirer (3/4) No reference
            Individual scenes come across as amusing, but Guest loses comic momentum when he shifts between t...

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Jack Garner of Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (3/4) No reference
            Guest's gift to O'Hara, who dominates the wackiness.

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Eric Melin of Scene-Stealers.com (3/4) No reference
            [Guest] regards his oddball characters with the same warmth and affection that audiences have for...

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Phoebe Flowers of South Florida Sun-Sentinel (3/4) No reference
            For Your Consideration is far from a failure, because Guest rounds up his usual sprawling ensembl...

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) of St. Paul Pioneer Press (3/4) No reference
            For Your Consideration, better than anything I've ever seen, articulates my own feelings about th...

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Angela Baldassarre of Sympatico.ca (3/4) No reference
            With For Your Consideration, it's obvious the filmmakers got a few extra bucks to not only expand...

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Matthew Leyland of Total Film (3/4) No reference
            In the running for the ‘Best Rethink Of An Established Formula’ award, so we’d like to thank the ...

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Chris Cabin of filmcritic.com (6/1) Not Reachable
            The spirit of comic bravado can still be felt underneath, but the film is undeniably flawed, almo...

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