I Saw the TV Glow

2024

Drama / Horror

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84% · 184 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 5.9/10 10 13357 13.4K

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Top cast

Michael C. Maronna as Neighbor 1
Amber Benson as Johnny Link's Mom
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by thalassafischer 5 / 10

Stop Insulting Twin Peaks

I Saw the TV Glow makes some obvious references to Lynch's 90s sensation Twin Peaks from the teens' obsession with the weird, dark show to criticism of the suburbs, and time travel involving doppelgangers. Unfortunately that's all it is - really obvious references. This mess lacks the depth and complexity of Twin Peaks.

Here are the two points the movie makes: suburban capitalism makes people feel trapped and dead alive (the references to the melancholy and quiet despair Owen and Matty feel working at empty jobs and living under a veil of conformity). Then the second point is how closeted queer people can live double lives and feel dead in a fake life. Matty openly is struggling with being a lesbian and Owen is trans.

Owen is woman. She's living a lie. That's it. That's the mystery. No need to watch this four times the "hidden" meaning practically beats you over the head.

Reviewed by ncviglione-71799 5 / 10

Interesting aesthetics, community theater level acting

Bridgette Lundy-Paine delivered their lines like they were being fed to her through an ear piece. The terrible acting completely took me out of the universe the director was trying to convey. There were too many boring, drawn out monologues delivered monotonously without emotion, it almost became comical. It's really hard to connect to characters who show no resolve whatsoever. There were interesting themes but they were poorly executed, wish there was more emotional depth. There are so few actors with lines that these poor performances stick out like a sore thumb. Film has the vibe of a CW show written by an angsty teen who loves LED lighting.

Reviewed by cinemapersonified 5 / 10

Pretty Bad Movie

Rating: 5.1 Overall, a fever dream that is a profound allegory for transgender identity, but its poor plot construction, bland dialogue, and monotonous performances do a poor job at being a vehicle for this message.

Direction: Pretty Bad The direction on a macroscale is pretty good because they do a pretty good job setting the aesthetic for the movie and building the world; the direction on a microscale is pretty bad because most of the interpersonal scenes feel very boring; the direction of actors is pretty bad because the performances feel bland and monotonous (with no chemistry between the two leads); the storytelling is not that good, but this is mainly because the story is poorly constructed; they build tension decently well

Story: Pretty Bad The concept is interesting and is built decently well; the plot structure is a mess because it feels like the exposition is too long and the conflict is introduced too late and the movie just ends very abruptly (it could have really benefited from 20 minutes of extra time); the character writing is not the best, but still prevalent as you see how the television show is an extension of their identity

Screenplay: Pretty Bad The dialogue is incredibly bland and monotonous (except for in the climax); the humor is pretty dry; the symbolism is incredibly profound as the movie is an allegory for transgender identity, and they do a good job finding the right balance of being overt/subtle about it; the movie does not really build towards anything, even though there is some foreshadowing

Acting: Bad to Pretty Bad Justice Smith: Pretty Bad (Very monotonous performance and his levels just don't match where they should be, but his performance gets better towards the end) Brigette Lundy-Paine: Bad to Pretty Bad (An incredibly monotonous performance that does not develop chemistry with their lead, but their monologue towards the end is pretty powerful because you can feel how personal it is) Rest of the cast: Bad (The movie is really about the two leads, but the rest of the cast does not do a good job in supporting them or helping tell the story)

Soundtrack: Pretty Good Enjoyed the soundtrack because it helped set the aesthetic for the movie

Cinematography: Good Enjoyed the framing and the wide-angle shots because it helped set the aesthetic for the movie; enjoyed the 90s television shots because it helped emulate that era

Editing: Pretty Good Used well with the cinematography to help set the aesthetic

Sound: Pretty Good Used well to help show the cheap nature of 1990s television

Visual Effects: Pretty Good I enjoyed how tacky it was because it helped make this movie feel like a fever dream or surreal

Makeup: Pretty Good It helped make this movie feel surreal, like a fever dream

Pacing Pacing is incredibly slow because the movie is mostly exposition; the overarching conflict is presented too late

Climax Climax feels more like the inciting incident because it really introduces the conflict, but it is profound in its message

Tone The tone is surreal, mixed with 1990s television.

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