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84% Tomatometer 183 Reviews 71% Audience Score 100+ Verified Ratings Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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With a distinctive visual aesthetic that enhances its emotionally resonant narrative, I Saw the TV Glow further establishes writer-director Jane Schoenbrun as a rising talent.

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I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Matthew Lickona San Diego Reader An almost shockingly effective evocation of How Things Felt, back before the internet made cult followings into malignant mobs, and more importantly, back before we — the collective we — put aside childish things and let adulthood take hold. Rated: 2/5 Jun 25, 2024 Full Review I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Max Weiss Baltimore Magazine Schoenbrun understands that, yes, we can be mesmerized, even zombified by these glowing images, but she’s not here to condemn television. She’s here to pay tribute. Rated: 3/4 Jun 8, 2024 Full Review I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Adam Kempenaar Filmspotting In its blurring of reality and fantasy, I Saw the TV Glow compels us into this mysterious, scary new space. Rated: 3.5/5 May 25, 2024 Full Review I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Rene Sanchez Cine Sin Fronteras Trascendental and allegorical. A film about gender identity and the power of representation through the stories we see on screen. [Full Review in Spanish] Rated: 4/4 Jul 10, 2024 Full Review I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Connor Lightbody Movie Marker That the film’s allegorical excavation of queer trauma is so precise and so acute marks Schoenbrun as a once-in-a-lifetime filmmaker, and I Saw The TV Glow as the best film of 2024, if not the decade. Rated: 5/5 Jul 8, 2024 Full Review I Saw the TV Glow | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Filipe Freitas Always Good Movies Paranoia and melancholy swallow aimless phosphorescent kids… is that all you’ve got to offer, Ms. Schoenbrun? Rated: 2/5 Jul 8, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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James G I feel like the trailer for this movie did it a grave disservice and will likely unfairly harm its rating on here. If I had gone into it with any understanding of what it was, I likely would have enjoyed it even more. I thought I was in for a rather campy horror movie, not a serious commentary on what life is like living with gender dysphoria. Great visuals and a great job done by the cast. Justice Smith has been in a lot of mediocre movies, but this film finally lets you really see that he has some decent acting chops. Rated 4.5/5 Stars • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/26/24 Full Review Pet_ M I Saw the TV Glow viscerally depicts the struggle of confronting identity as we age. While confronting themes of gender, identity, escapism, isolation, repression, and dissociation, the film imparts the message that avoiding our problems, thoughts, and emotions will only sow the seed of a deeper, inescapable pain. notions of “There is still time” and “I’m dying” are juxtaposed, reminding us of the ever lessening time we have on Earth. It is a cautionary coming of age tale of a protagonist who never comes of age. Owen’s obsession with the Pink Opaque subdues the deeper anxiety he feels relating to his own existence. When passively consuming what is presented through his screen, he avoids the urgent need to find and embrace authenticity in his life. He stays in his hometown, largely alone, spending his days at an unfulfilling job. He is scared, and never confronts the feeling. One can’t talk about the film without examining the conspicuous subject of gender. Jane Schoenbrun asserts their place as both a writer and director with unique taste and execution in their second feature film, making a movie by and for trans people, while still conveying a message that can resonate with anyone. The passage of time is an opportunity, especially in queer temporality, to find solace. The late start and often early end to many trans people’s lives exacerbates the unease of the already short and unforgiving nature of existence. “Does time ever feel like it’s not moving normally?” asks the person once known as Maddy, glaring into the eyes of the viewer in one of several fourth wall breaks. The film is both a meta-commentary on media and a vigorous wake up call to live life wholeheartedly and authentically. This message, mixed with memorable visuals and a stellar soundtrack, is sure to make its home in the hearts of many. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/25/24 Full Review Audience Member I saw this three times, and each was a new experience. There are so many ways to interpret this, and it allows you to understand the story more deeply each time. This is not a traditional horror by any means, and I would recommend it to people who appreciate lighting/visuals/sound in film rather than high-stakes action or adrenaline. While the film has an explicitly queer narrative, this is one that can be enjoyed by anyone who has struggled to make sense of their life and take it into their own hands. To them, I say: there is still time. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/24/24 Full Review Brenda J Really slow and boring. Don’t waste your time. Rated 1/5 Stars • Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/18/24 Full Review Sky Good. Devestating but good. Will have you feeling raw by the end. Also, killer soundtrack. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/17/24 Full Review Mr. Hollywood Nothing special. Tired of filmmakers who make films where its up to the audience to interpret. All it means is they themselves cant make up their mind so just leaves it open ended. Its lazy Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/11/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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Jane Schoenbrun Director Justice Smith Owen Brigette Lundy-Paine Maddy Ian Foreman Young Owen Lindsey Jordan Tara Helena Howard Isabel
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Synopsis Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

Director
Jane Schoenbrun

Producer
Emma Stone, Dave McCary, Ali Herting, Sam Intili, Sarah Winshall

Screenwriter
Jane Schoenbrun

Distributor
A24

Production Co
A24

Rating
PG-13 (Violent Content|Some Sexual Material|Thematic Elements|Teen Smoking)

Genre
Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama, LGBTQ+, Mystery & Thriller

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
May 17, 2024, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 14, 2024

Box Office (Gross USA)
$4.5M

Runtime
1h 40m

Sound Mix
Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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