The reviews are in from SXSW 2017


Sylvio is "an ideal vessel for silent comedy, and the filmmakers’ attention to detail allow the punchline of his very existence to merge nicely with sad, elegant lifestyle. Norman Rockwell by way of Pee Wee Herman."

Hollywood Reporter

"The jokes are consistently inventive and the counteracting pathos on point."

Screen Anarchy

"It's a hilarious and touching examination of our search for fulfillment and one of those weird little movies that is worth seeking out."

Film Threat

"Sylvio gave me belly laughs and evocative feels. Thus far, it is my favorite film of the year." Score 5/5.

Hammer to Nail

"A refreshing reminder of simpler times."

Austin Chronicle

 "Rich with ingenious sight gags and clever, deadpan writing."

Ars Technica

"Perfectly composed frames Wes Anderson would approve of. The deadpan humor has a degree of intentional, Tim & Eric-styled awkwardness."


"It’s a film about the face we see when we look in the mirror, versus the face we make when we know we are being watched."

Assholes Watching Movies

"Surprisingly soulful for an ape who doesn’t speak. A thoughtful, well-realized film."

Austin 360

"It’s a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of Birney and Audley that this quirky low-budget comedy is able to break through and resonate. There’s a marvelous sense of wonder in every scene that finds you rooting for this ordinary gorilla."