Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Abandon is this CLOSE to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun.
  3. 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.
  4. 33
    Has a few pleasing stylistic flourishes and a potentially Hitchcockian plot, but the writing and rhythm are so off that when the final "shocker" arrives, we have seen it coming or have abandoned caring.
  5. 30
    What hath "The Sixth Sense" wrought? These days, it seems as if every psychological thriller has a surprise finish.
  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. 30
    Crossing "A Beautiful Mind" with "Sex Kittens Go to College," first-time director Stephen Gaghan (he wrote Traffic) causes a head-on collision.
  8. A trite psychological thriller -- all buildup and no payoff, a mystery that essentially offers only two alternative solutions, which diminishes the element of surprise and strings the viewer along way past caring which possibility proves to be true.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Passably interesting psychological study of emotionally wounded characters until it commits dramatic suicide by showing its true colors as a tricked-up "Fatal Attraction" wannabe.
  10. 20
    Stephen Gaghan, who scripted this turkey, landed in the director's chair after Edward Zwick (Glory) bailed out, and you can almost smell the flop sweat.
  11. Consider the title your best advice.

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