New York Times (Critics Pick)

December 13, 2018

by Glenn Kenny

Filmmaker Magazine

May 7, 2018

By Steve Dollar


April 28, 2018

Included in “Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Movies”

By Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, Kate Erbland, & Jude Dry

The Hollywood Reporter

April 25, 2018

Positive Review

By Harry Windsor

Screen International

April 19, 2018

By David D’Arcy


April 23, 2018

Interview with John Maringouin and David Zellner

By Matt Delman


A phantasmagoria of disorienting stylistics and mind-altering imagery…a remarkable filmmaking debut for Maringouin.”

- Bob Koehler, Variety  

 Perhaps the biggest buzz title of Cinevegas ‘06 was the U.S. premiere of John Maringouin's Running Stumbled.  Even those who didn’t care for the film couldn’t seem to stop talking about it…Maringouin crafts the film like an exorcism.”

- Mark Olsen, Indiewire

 “John Maringouin's Running Stumbled is one of the most visceral motion pictures you will ever experience...”

-Michael Tully, Indiewire

“A true epic in the fucked-up family genre.”   

-Scott McCauley, Filmmaker Magazine.

“One of the most dangerous films you’ll ever see.  Watching Running Stumbled is like picking a scab.  It hurts, but you can’t stop.”

- Kevin Crust, LA Times

“Makes “Tarnation” seem about as raw as a cable infomercial.”

- David Jenkins, Time Out London

Running Stumbled plays out like a twisted Cassavetes film.”

- Michael Ferraro, Film Threat

“ Few films in my 30 year history have ever been tougher to watch than Running Stumbled, but I’m glad I did... John Maringouin has not just turned the camera on his dysfunctional family but has done it in such a way that we become not just observers but the director himself. 4 stars." 

- Erik Childress,

“More than a film about drugs, it is a drug. This reviewer is still reeling."       

-Bianca Stigter, NRC Handelsblad Amsterdam (Holland’s largest Newspaper)

 “…alternates between laugh-out-loud funny moments of rural depravity and chilling depictions of human indecency…This is Freaks for the 21st Century.”

- Erik Snider, Online Film Critics’ Society.

“Maringouin has brought his camera to a dirty, dank home in Terrytown, Louisiana in order to exploit the living hell out of people he has never really known. And thank god for that, as what transpires is a hilarious, gut-busting treat; not only one of the best films of the year, but one of the most entertaining visions of hell in the history of the cinema. The truest test of its greatness lies in the fact that at 83 minutes, it’s not even remotely long enough, and I could have watched this bloody train wreck for dozens of hours, if notdays. Hell, let’s cut to the chase: it’s damn near a masterpiece for our times. Seek it out immediately if you value all that is honorable and true.”    

-Matt Cale, Ruthless Reviews(Top 5 of List 2006)


Strel is one strange duck, and you can only wonder that Werner Herzog, with his fondness for captivating weirdos, didn't get to him first.

- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

An odd and irresistible documentary about Slovenian strongman Martin Strel and his quest, at 52, to be the first man to swim 5,268 kilometres of the Amazon River.

- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye: he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world.

- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

The real drama lies in the sweetly twisted symbiosis between this likable, infuriating wreck of a man and his devoted son and publicist.

- Ella Taylor, Village Voice

A nonfiction Fitzcarraldo.

- David Fear, Time Out

If Werner Herzog had made 'Borat', the results might have been something like this documentary about the unusual athletic overachiever Martin Strel.

-Ben Walters, Time Out