Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 17, 2013
    40
    The film's biggest weakness is its unsympathetic main character, a snippy, nervous, expressionless control freak who gets more despicable as the story unfolds.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jan 16, 2013
    40
    Beautifully filmed but written without the psychological depth or sleight of hand of the best thrillers.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    The film's failure to raise the temperature gradually leaves viewers less involved than we should be.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    The stalker-enabling menace of Facebook is largely abandoned by midpoint, and Brief Reunion won't even prompt most people to change their privacy settings.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 17, 2013
    40
    Efficiently told and features solid performances, but without the juicy character detail, vise-grip suspense or black comic intensity of its memorable forerunners, it unwinds as a boilerplate genre item.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    9
    I actually really liked this film - the first Facebook generation thriller. It's great to see a truly indy film in the theaters. And this oneI actually really liked this film - the first Facebook generation thriller. It's great to see a truly indy film in the theaters. And this one carries the banner well. The cast of fine actors who've somehow remained largely under the radar delivers that rare combo of masterful acting AND faces that don't keep reminding you that you are watching a movie. The script that actually covers new ground and is a full on entertainment. Pacing could be slightly tighter here and there, but not very often. Definitely worth the trip to the theater. Full Review »
  2. Mar 10, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. How slow can you go? The pacing, the visual tone, the dialogue as the characters reveal themselves and their relationships to each other, yet leave you asking so many questions, all blesh together into a rocking rhythm, much like Brahms: Intermezzo in A, Op. 118, No. 2.

    For those who enjoy a lovely slow burn, the gentle roll and the drowsy pulse draw you in, capturing your attention with its intimacy in the mundane. As a result, this film will not be to everyone's taste, especially not to some Americans who tend to favor the high speed chase, violent explosions and witty diatribe. They may not have the patience to realize the Director's vision as he slow rolls his examination of the dissolution of a man who 'gets' away with it'.

    There is no conclusion. This film takes its viewers on a woeful and deliberately slow-paced journey of the unraveling of one man's life, and the collateral damage affecting those around him, as he goes from youthful peaked fame to a mundane existence to non-existence as he disappears into oblivion. In the end, one must ask oneself, "Is it better to burn out than to fade away?"
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  3. Feb 2, 2013
    8
    Saw the genre-bending BRIEF REUNION at THE QUAD CINEMA in NYC. What I liked best and which most of the crew of critics completely missed inSaw the genre-bending BRIEF REUNION at THE QUAD CINEMA in NYC. What I liked best and which most of the crew of critics completely missed in their rush to apply niche keywords to this first feature-length effort by John Daschbach is the great skill with which the director puts his characters through their paces in the fractured unraveling of an enigmatic and complex mystery (The 70s work of English directors Nicolas Roeg and John Schlesinger come to mind). Daschbach also places his people in a lush atmosphere of lakes, country houses and green meadows at summer’s height. The landscapes he chooses, vividly photographed by Joseph Foley, virtually shimmer in spots. The locations undertake as much a role in the course of the story as the actors. They bely the chicanery, evasion, mayhem and murder that ultimately occurs while at the same time foretelling it. In this way BRIEF REUNION works against expectation and more importantly, convention. The film rightly avoids the boilerplate smash cut storytelling so prevalent these days and takes its time. The characters breathe and the effect is that tension, foreboding and turmoil slowly build. Our discomfort grows incrementally with the characters on the screen. At film’s end we are surprised to find out whom we have and haven’t been rooting for. Full Review »