PVT CHAT (2021)

Jack (Peter Vack) is an internet gambler living in NYC who becomes fixated on Scarlet (Julia Fox) - a cam girl from San Francisco. His obsession reaches a boiling point when fantasy materializes in reality and Jack sees Scarlet on a rainy… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 5, 2021
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2021
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its intelligent and nuanced approach to potentially salacious material is refreshing, but PVT Chat struggles to use it in service of a meaningful story.

Cath Clarke

It's a film with a slackerish mumblecore vibe, and Hozie is refreshingly grown up about sex. But it's hard to see how his film adds much to the conversation about intimacy in the internet age.

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Sheila O'Malley

There are flashes of interest, and even some welcome screwball elements, but PVT Chat doesn't coalesce in a meaningful way.

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Morgan Rojas

Director Ben Hozie's graphic dive into the world of the online sex industry showcases our human need to connect with others-fetishes and all

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"PVT Chat" is at its best when it delves into the intensity of digital relationships and the ways our minds can trick us into believing the deepness of a connection formed over a computer screen.

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Jake Cole
Slant Magazine

Ben Hozie's wry, observational film positions a young man's repressed sexual paranoia as a reflection of a more general social malaise.

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Martin Carr
Flickering Myth

This is a film which begins in frenetic disarray and concludes with the same degree of uncertainty. Meet cutes have rarely been this visceral or financially dependent, yet somehow PVT Chat not only makes it work, but builds into a film of substance.

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Danny Leigh
Financial Times

The movie ends up feeling like an older vintage of New York story, the kind of pre-gentrification indie you expect a youthful Jim Jarmusch to wander through.

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Wendy Ide
Screen International

There's a ragged, on-the-hoof quality to the storytelling, and to the scrappy handheld camerawork, which evokes the hand-to-mouth high and lows of Jack's daily life.

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Lindsay Traves

What the film does successfully is explore the facets and types of relationships that can blossom with internet culture.

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