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  • Summary: On a celebratory birthday trip, Caroline visits her sister Jackie and her boyfriend. But what starts out as a fun evening with close friends quickly goes askew, as the effects of the sisters' obscure past begins to take its toll on the night's affair. [Tribeca Film]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 16, 2013
    80
    The sum of the film is greater than its parts, and while it does make demands of its audience, the cumulative emotional impact is startling.
  2. Reviewed by: Araceli Cruz
    Apr 30, 2013
    70
    Clark lures you into the chaos through beautiful visuals like the sparkly evening lights of an L.A. dinner party, and the night's principal characters, two attractive brunette sisters...Both irritate. That's the gist and charm of this family's dynamic, which is so real that at times it's unbearable.
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    May 2, 2013
    70
    With low-key, almost guileless performances, the film demonstrates that no matter how intelligent, well thought out and potentially enlightened a current sociological method (e.g., the “loving intervention”) may be, people will always find a way to turn it into something ludicrous, aggressive or both.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 5, 2013
    70
    Viewers will suspect from early on that things aren't as straightforward as they appear, and Clark's screenplay addresses those suspicions only to the extent it must to justify its characters' behavior.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 30, 2013
    40
    Before long, the film spills over into a far less intriguing, and somewhat questionable, portrait of one hysterical woman.
  6. Mar 16, 2013
    25
    Because the whole thing feels so amateurishly improvised, Caroline and Jackie doesn't so much enter into Michael Haneke territory as slip backward, over a banana peel, into some bad-faith parody of the same.

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