"An astonishing fusion of stark landscape cinematography and wildly compelling close-ups, especially of Brophy as he delivers hypnotic monologues that seem to be about everything and nothing at once and that lay bare his character's internal processes without demystifying them. Schlattman has rarefied emotion instead of breaking it down-his characters are indelible because they retain their mystery even as they let you inside."
"The festivals most gratifying find could be The Seller which deserves a much larger audience. The meandering discussions they have about life, death, dreams and mortality have all the sizzle and wit you could ever hope to find in such a movie."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - John Petrakis - Wednesday, August 13, 1997
"The festival's best bet...Schlattman's precise vision recalls America's ace seer of Western wastelands...Jon Jost"
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES - Bill Stamets - Wednesday, August 13, 1997
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - John Petrakis - 1998
"A stunning film." KPFK- Los Angeles
"Acerbic Wit.... Humorous and touching relationships...well worth the trip."
LA Weekly - Paul Malcolm, Vol 20, No. 3, Dec. 12-16, 1997 Los Angeles
distinctive. Impressive. ...a raw, edgy tale, shot through with dark humor... Schlattman directs with terrific
immediacy. Well acted...winning portrayals."
Kevin Thomas- LA TIMES - Monday December 5th, 1994
"Cutting edge ...the best of the Ameri can Independents at the Rotterdam Film Festival. ...Brutal, realistic comedy"
V.A. Musetto-NEW YORK POST - Saturday, February 19, 1994
savvy and unexpected humor...Incisively on
target...more than ably directed."
" An Impressive Debut. With dark, dead-pan humor,
visual techniques and solid performances, At Ground Zero is a
"Nihilistic, often violent black comedy..." Isabel Conway- THE EUROPEAN - 4-10 February 1994
"Craig Schlattman's At Ground Zero is a gripping chronicle of the exploits of a young
on smack as they make their way across the country. ...The film has a
realism twisted by a surreal, drug-inspired edge. As the film spirals
into a vertigo of altered states, Schlattman captures the couple's
beautiful and horrific states of mind in a particularly brilliant and
desert sequence. A startling first
power is in sharp details and dark humor. Effectively evokes the
existence of the characters."
of rare grace.
Schlattman hits the spontaneous rediscovery of beauty
right on the money. Hauers performance is
a saving grace ."
Raw, dynamic, darkly humorous tale of
two young druggies on a cross
invokes..visionary..grunge poetry of the beats.."
with a couple of junkies doesn't get much more interesting than in this
impressive first feature by Craig Schlattman.