REVIEWS for AUTOMATONS

"...the movie’s loving attention to light and shade transcends its hermetic setting and meager budget. At times the buzzing static and fizzy backlighting recall the glistening surrealism of the filmmaker Guy Maddin... enormously endearing"
-- Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

"AUTOMATONS is a smart, thought-provoking tale equipped with the moody ambiance and intellectual integrity of a classic episode of THE OUTER LIMITS. That's high praise indeed."
-- Steven Puchalski, SHOCK CINEMA

"Automatons is an excellent homage to the movies of yesteryear, and will be quite a thrill for anyone who misses those old days."
-- Steve Anderson, FILM THREAT

"The visuals are astonishing and the film works out its central thesis to its most appalling conclusion. Writer/editor/director McKenney is definitely one to watch."
-- David Annandale, VIDEOSCOPE

"Automatons is a winning science-fiction prize with so many facets worthy of praise... Arguably his most important film to date, Automatons is a tour de force for director James Felix McKenney."
-- Dustin McNeill, DVDACTIVE

"The beautiful indie sci-fi film AUTOMATONS is a troubling vision of things to come. Enough to make you think, worry and pray."
-- Louis Fowler, ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRONICLE

"AUTOMATONS is a wonderfully made, socially conscious low budget film and I cannot recommend it enough."
-- Brian Harris, JOE HORROR.COM

"McKenney has handed us the cinematic equivalent of Proust's Madeleine, and it's a tasty yet pungent little cake."
-- Gordon Thomas, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL

"Ingenuity Triumphs Over No Budget in this Indie Sci-Fi Release"
-- Glenn Erickson, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

"It’s sci-fi existentialism at its rawest --a kind of WAITING FOR ROBOT, if Samuel Beckett’s tale had involved warring machinery... the best Super-8 home movie made by a 12-year-old boy in the body of an adult that I’ve seen in a very long time. "
-- Scooter McCrae, FANGORIA.COM

"An impressive piece of filmmaking that belies its low-budget nature... AUTOMATONS kicked my ass"
-- Blaine, DVDSCHLOCK

"Automatons is like an old fashioned cautionary science fiction short story melded with a '70s NYC underground feel. The result can be claustrophobic and sometimes wincingly gory, but it's never, ever as dull as the basic CGI techno show-off reels that get shown at local cineplexes."
-- John E. Mitchell, THE TRANSCRIPT

"Funky stuff"
-- Sean Axmaker, MSN

"There are so many layers, ideas and messages in this film that it reminds me of the way Philip K. Dick structures his stories to overflow with incredible concepts.... Automatons is high-concept science fiction at its finest... 9 out of 10"
--B. Adam, FILM REVIEWS BY BRADEN ADAM

"Brilliantly idiosyncratic"
-- Al Kratina, THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

"there's a dreamy fascination to the iconic images"
-- Maitland McDonagh, TV GUIDE

"What a joy!...Automatons leaves you extremely satisfied. Nothing is lacking in this unique vision of the future. It delivers an interesting story and intriguing characters, simple as that."
-- Brian Simpson, BISFORBRAINS.COM

 

"Automatons is what happens when Eraserhead and Tetsuo the Iron Man bong themselves into oblivion and collaborate on a minimalist avant-garde sci-fi cheapie shot in a toolshed... Robot radness achieved! Budgets are for bitches. "
-- Nathan Lee, VILLAGE VOICE

"It's not a film of compromise but of sheer determination, refusing to be defined by its budget and liberated by a decision to overcome its bank account with sheer imagination."
-- S. James Snyder, NEW YORK SUN

"Automatons is bound for cult status and should be dug up in ten years and viewed again -- that is, if humanity is still around"
-- Last Chance Lance, RUE MORGUE

"Ed Wood, the notorious director of Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda, has risen from the dead and returned to filmmaking as James Felix McKenney... And I mean that as a compliment."
-- V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST

"a chiaroscuro love child of Eraserhead and Team America: World Police ... Automatons fuses surging political critiques to experimental sci-fi in a gritty, grainy 8mm black-and-white that plants viewers squarely in its heroine's nightmare."
-- S.T. VanAirsdale, THE REELER

"The aggressively inventive movie is a textbook example of how imagination, ingenuity, and an obsessive love of White Zombie videos can overcome a low budget"
-- Al Kratina, THE COMICBOOK BIN

"The robot action is often much more riveting than similar scenes in movies with many times the budget and technical sophistication."
-- Jay Seaver, UGO.COM

"the battles soar to trippy and novel heights of DIY experimental filmmaking that feel anything but old"
-- Ed Gonzalez, SLANT

"While the film may have some rough edges, it’s still an entertaining watch. A friend of mine first clued me into the film solely being fascinated by the statement “This is how humanity dies,” and if that’s enough to spark an interest, the rest of the film will be just as enjoyable."
-- Jason Glastetter, CMJ

"The storyline, cinematography, the ending, in fact the entire vision is great"
-- quietearth, QUIET EARTH

"an absolute blast...Fans of classic scifi/horror classics will be in heaven here."
-- Alex Riviello, CREATURE-CORNER.COM

"One of the most impressive independent projects I've seen in a long time... one of the most skilled and ambitious shoestring budget movies I've seen to date."
-- Ed Demko, BLOODTYPE ONLINE

"AUTOMATONS does what all good sci fi stories should."
-- Adam Barnick, ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS

"a wonderful and unforgettable experience!… I love it!"
-- Patrick Van Hauwaert, RAZOR REEL

"Far more original than such hints of homage suggest. The “This is How Humanity Dies” tagline should be rephrased to state “This is how true speculative storylines are handled”. That’s this small film’s greatest achievement."
-- Bill Gibron, POPMATTERS

"I adore this film for so many reasons...This is the robot movie you’ve always wanted to see. I highly recommend it."
-- Lez, B MOVIE NEWS

"Best Shoestring Sci-Fi of 2006"
-- Jason Silverman, WIRED

 

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