Margaret Wappler begins her review by noting Amelia Gray’s unflinching attention to the grossest of details. She cites the following passage:
The woman layered the [blackhead] with oil-based makeup, nourishing it, growing it like a seedpod covered by a warm layer of earth. When Aileen birthed it into her metal scoop, the woman sighed with the effort and release of it. Aileen brushed the lancet blade of her extractor over the edge of the woman’s lip with a surgeon’s precise motion. The woman’s lip twitched at the housefly feeling of the blade caressing her vellus hair.
But Ms. Wappler sees more in THREATS than a mere cosmetology primer; she praises Gray’s sense of humor and the sympathy that it provokes.
There are moments when “Threats” is clearly laughing at itself, Gray all too happy to stick in a deflating needle when the atmosphere starts getting a little too portentous for its own good. After all, if you can’t laugh at yourself in the darkest hour, what else can you do?
Read the entire review at the L.A. Times website.