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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. 75
    The biggest surprise may be what the filmmaker doesn't show; he withholds a big dramatic payoff, so the audience must fill in the blanks.
  2. Abandon tags Katie Holmes as a talented actor with surprising range and vast, untapped potential - so much, in fact, that watching her, one can almost overlook the film's many flaws. Almost.
  3. 63
    A moody, effective thriller for about 80 percent of the way, and then our hands close on air. If you walk out before the ending, you'll think it's better than it is.
  4. 40
    A thriller wrapped in heavy-duty gauze to muffle the chills.
  5. 38
    With the flat characters and lifeless performances, it's a wonder that anyone in the audience can stay awake all the way through this dull and dreary production.
  6. 30
    This alleged thriller, which might be described as "'Gaslight' Goes to College," is one of the most incoherent features in recent memory.
  7. Consider the title your best advice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. DanielleR.
    Sep 15, 2005
    While Abandon is a film that has somewhat pleasing cinematography and a gorgeous actress, it fails to fully develop as a story, and it leaves some questions and mass confusion running in the viewers head. While many films use subtlety when it comes to some major points (ex: the original Stepford wifes, at the climax), the subtlety is too subtle in the end. It left me a little bit unsure of exactly what happened. I saw this movie in the theater with a friend simply because we wanted to see something and could not see The Ring, and it's a decision I truly regret. I do not usually have a negative opinion of a film, but this one managed to wrench one from me. Expand

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