Everyday People
Everyday People (2004)

Independent filmmaker Jim McKay (Girls Town) writes and directs the ensemble film Everyday People, produced in part by HBO Films. The story revolves around a neighborhood eatery in Brooklyn called Raskins, a Jewish-owned-and-operated… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 18, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

My only complaint is that it feels more like a series pilot than a stand-alone film, but thumbs up.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

Jim McKay's ensemble drama, the opening feature in the annual New Directors/New Films series, has a roaming, lived-in quality.

Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

Although ambitious...Everyday People is a disappointing step backwards for the filmmaker.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It has an undeniable authenticity in its characterizations and situations and an empathy that is all too rare even in independent cinema.

Matt Ashare
Boston Phoenix

It's Spike Lee with no special effects, Blue in the Face without the celebrity cast... There are no epic disasters here, but there is real tragedy.

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Arthur Lazere

Appealing and interesting characters, but [McKay] spreads his film too thinly over too many of them, resulting in sketches, rather than portraits.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The ensemble cast, asked to improvise its roles, interacts with conviction and chemistry.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I feel like a real heel for not being able to endorse this film enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, but there we have it.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

Vividly depicts the changes taking place in the lives of the working poor in Brooklyn now that the traditional safety nets no longer protect them.

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