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
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »