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CHERISH


"The title of Finn Taylor's new movie is syllabicated in the opening credits as Cher-ish-a perfect adjective, it turns out, for a batty, cheerfully crass, shape-shifting farce that just refuses to go away. Zoe (Robin Tunney), a San Francisco shrinking violet, winds up under house arrest after she's wrongly accused of a hit-and-run. The tireless heroine, peering out Rapunzel-like from her second-floor window, gamely battles cabin fever, while Cherish itself settles into a fatiguing manic-room scenario, barely assuaged by Tim Blake Nelson's gawky, smitten SFPD official, who visits weekly to check on Zoe's electronic ankle bracelet. The plotting is alternately belabored and distracted, and cumulatively so inconsequential that the climactic Run Lola Run beat-the-clock plays out with zero suspense." -Dennis Lim, The Village Voice

"'...an endearingly offbeat romantic comedy with a great meet-cute gimmick: The heroine meets Prince Charming while he's fitting her with an electronic ankle bracelet...Tunney delivers a tour de force as the ditzy Zoe...Nelson makes a surprisingly agreeable leading man, and there is considerable romantic chemistry as the mutually mistrustful Zoe and Daly warily circle each other...Writer-director Finn Taylor bends genres at the climax, turning the story into a silly chase-thriller...But by that point, the luminous Tunney has built up so much good will that 'Cherish' still ranks as the season's first bona fide date-film sleeper." --Lou Lemenick, The New York Post

"Implausible at every turn, it offers a dab of quirkiness and edge from writer-director Finn Taylor, but otherwise has nothing for audiences to embrace...Robin Tunney and Tim Blake Nelson have enough going for them that they would be worth seeing in happier circumstances, but they can't make much of a dent in this negligible film...'Cherish' makes us feel that we're being held prisoner as much as Zoe." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"Ms. Tunney, whose slightly blank beauty has some tension churning its placid surface, has rarely been well used. Here Mr. Taylor exploits her suburban anxiety as comedy...As a poky little character comedy, 'Cherish' is enchanting in a small-scale way. But when Mr. Taylor tries to turn it into a genre thriller, 'Cherish' deteriorates so quickly that it's unsettling ...Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times