Shiva Baby

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A ruefully funny calling card for debuting director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby transcends its sitcom setup with strong performances and satisfying insights.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The debutant director and NYU film school graduate Emma Seligman, 25, comes bolting out of the gate with this scabrously funny comedy set over the course of one heady afternoon at a highly stressful Jewish shiva (wake) in Brooklyn.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Could Rachel Sennott be to the bagel what Lauren Bacall was to the cigarette?
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    There's a perceptive twist at the heart of Seligman's sharp and unremittingly funny debut, adapted from her own short film and unfolding in real time.
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    Linda MarricThe Jewish Chronicle
    There are hints of early Allen of course, but the film to me has more in common with the (also Jewish) Safdi brothers' particular blend of tense and chaotic narratives.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The movie has the rhythm of farce and Sennott a mastery of deadpan but Seligman packs in more than laughs alone.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The film is maybe a little callow, but it's an undoubtedly impressive and accomplished debut.
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    Amelia HarveyFrame Rated
    Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott have announced themselves as two of the brightest names in filmmaking with Shiva Baby. Agoraphobic, aggressively funny, this little comedy will stick in your mind long after the shiva's ended and everyone's gone home.
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    Weiting LiuOne Room With A View
    Created by a female-dominated crew, Shiva Baby is a genre mixture of dark comedy and covert horror -- a fitting allegory of the feminine psyche's grey areas of insecurity, jealousy and power struggles.
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    Niall BrowneMovies in Focus
    Emma Seligman has delivered a brilliant debut with Shiva Baby - a perfectly realised black comedy, loaded with insight and witty one-liners. This is a claustrophobic and cringeworthy film, perfectly built around its deadpan star, Rachel Sennott.
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    Brian VinerDaily Mail (UK)
    [A]n engaging bittersweet comedy and a tremendously assured debut by writer-director Emma Seligman, clearly a talent to watch.
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