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  • Summary: After one of them suffers an emotional breakdown, a group of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Aug 7, 2014
    The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 6, 2014
    As About Alex moves toward its conclusion, it devolves into some plot resolutions that were a lot less predictable back in the ’80s.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jun 20, 2014
    About Alex is about too much and too little, a sandbox for its considerable cast, but ultimately just following the reunion rulebook.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 7, 2014
    About Alex benefits from a uniformly strong cast that does its best to find moments of truth in the banal, derivative scenario they’ve been handed.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 8, 2014
    Neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 7, 2014
    The movie stalls in a limbo of half-realized characters and superficial weightiness.
  7. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Aug 4, 2014
    However self-aware the film may be, its characters and moods and conflicts are too over-determined and familiar to linger in the memory very long after the credits roll.

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