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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 explosionAfter 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
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Aug 7, 2014
    75
    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
    63
    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: Abby Garnett
    Aug 5, 2014
    50
    A lightweight Big Chill reworked for today's young professional set, which proves too clumsy and self-conscious to live up to its weighty subject matter.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 8, 2014
    50
    Neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
  5. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    Aug 26, 2014
    42
    Focusing on cultural references and social cues, About Alex fails to give us a big picture compelling enough to overlook its flaws.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    The movie stalls in a limbo of half-realized characters and superficial weightiness.
  7. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Aug 4, 2014
    38
    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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