REvIEWS

“This charming lo-fi indie is attuned to its own eccentric wavelength, equal parts absurd and poignant. A cult following for this bizarro effort seems quite possible." -Variety

"Exquisite yet uproarious. Sylvio is, at heart, a tale of independent artistry and its snares. The result is a generous, achingly tender comedy. -New Yorker and here.

"A work of gentle whimsy and surprising pathos. Birney and Audley have an impressive visual sense — the smart framing and thrifty, ingenious production design at times suggest a Wes Anderson–directed installment of Between Two Ferns." -Village Voice 

"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." -Indiewire

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

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

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

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

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

 

"Who knew that a film about a shades-bedecked gorilla possessed of a deep, abiding love of hand puppetry could be so moving? Sylvio reads as silly on paper and is only slightly less silly in practice, but that silliness gains degrees of profound absurdist gravity from the cast’s straight-faced approach to the material. Movies about the clash between aesthetic ambition and commercial enterprise rarely feel as warm as Sylvio does." -Paste Magazine.

"My favorite of the films I’ve been able to catch in advance is “Sylvio,” the improbably moving tale of a cubicle drone at a debt collection agency who dreams of someday being a puppeteer. Spun off from the wildly popular “Simply Sylvio” vine series, this beguiling feature from directors Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley mines extraordinary whimsy and pathos from the sight of a man in a cheap gorilla suit wearing people clothes and sunglasses." -WBUR NPR.

"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." -CinemaThread

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

"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." -Austin 360