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  • Summary: On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 17, 2014
    90
    Shot over five nights in a single location, and almost entirely improvised, Coherence is no-budget filmmaking at its most delectably inventive.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Jun 11, 2014
    83
    The wordy end product may be short on demons and murderous droids, yet Coherence is a satisfying and chilling addition to the ever-growing pal-ocalypse subgenre.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 10, 2014
    83
    If Rod Serling had hired Robert Altman to direct a "Twilight Zone" episode, it might have turned out something like this.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 19, 2014
    70
    After the fundamental problem of Coherence has become clear, or clear-ish – there’s another dinner party, at that other house, that looks an awful lot like this one – the movie becomes slightly too much like an unfolding mathematical puzzle, although an ingenious one that reaches a chilling conclusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Gamble
    Feb 18, 2015
    60
    Coherence is a debut of tremendous ambition and potential, yet sadly, despite some genuine moments of tension, the film ironically makes too many wrong turns and its convoluted themes fail to coalesce on a human level, tempering the initial intrigue and culminating in a plaintive sense of admiration, rather than enraptured adulation.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 19, 2014
    60
    Byrkit and his actors successfully build a sense of tension, and then dread, from what appears to be an extremely limited budget. Indeed, the movie was shot primarily in his own living room.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 17, 2014
    40
    The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson. But thanks to its social setting, it does offer a vivid and perhaps intentional satirical portrait of L.A. culture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 10, 2014
    9
    Schrödinger's Cat: The Movie

    Zero FX Magic Coherence is a rare treat in a world with so much bad sci-fi in theatres and on television
    Schrödinger's Cat: The Movie

    Zero FX Magic

    Coherence is a rare treat in a world with so much bad sci-fi in theatres and on television (the current syfy line-up comes to mind).

    It's really good, complex, sci-fi that never bogs down in explication. It also doesn't rely on special effects to sell its central concept.

    The cast is believable and the narrative weaves its way deftly through the characters, very average, lives.

    Buy It at Amazon now - thank me later.
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  2. Jan 27, 2015
    9
    Coherence is a solid sci-fi horror which explores some interesting concepts around Quantum theory and causality. It's unashamedly intellectualCoherence is a solid sci-fi horror which explores some interesting concepts around Quantum theory and causality. It's unashamedly intellectual so won't appeal to everyone and I also feel that the ideas could have been fleshed out a little more for a greater impact. If the film had been half an hour longer it would have been perfect for me. The ending is brilliant though, one of the best I've seen in ages and the concept behind it both fantastic and disturbing. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2014
    9
    Coherence is a mind bending thriller that is half part a complex alien movie, and on the other half it is about dysfunctional relationships.Coherence is a mind bending thriller that is half part a complex alien movie, and on the other half it is about dysfunctional relationships. Throughout you have the doubt of if it is really happening or not, which raises your pulse and adapts tons of tension. Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    8
    Reminds me a lot of "Primer", but a little more accessible. Very fun and Twilight Zone-esque.

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  5. Feb 28, 2015
    8
    This is a legitimately good, intelligent sci-fi film. it doesn't try be "pretend sc-fi" by using cgi, futuristic technology, and otherThis is a legitimately good, intelligent sci-fi film. it doesn't try be "pretend sc-fi" by using cgi, futuristic technology, and other gimmicks. Instead, it takes a very unique idea grounded in some science and revolves the whole film around it.

    Despite having low production values and relatively unknown actors, the film has very good writing and acting. The chemistry between the actors was very good, and their dialogue was some of the best and most believable I've seen on film. I never felt bored watching this film, despite most of it taking place in a house and showing people talking. This is the real testament to quality writing.

    This film will surprise you, and engage your mind in trying to understand what exactly is happening. My only real complaint, and the reason I couldn't give this a 9 or a 10, is because at the end the protagonist acts contrary to her character.
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  6. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    This was an unexpected surprise, as I knew absolutely nothing about it going in. It was recommended to me by a friend who's also a big horrorThis was an unexpected surprise, as I knew absolutely nothing about it going in. It was recommended to me by a friend who's also a big horror fan and I'm glad I listened to him! So much was done here with such a small budget. I watched it with two others and we were all silent and gripped throughout, yet couldn't stop talking about it afterwards.

    To even say that it's a sci-fi movie is somewhat a spoiler, but unavoidable. It's best to go in knowing as little as possible. One of the most enjoyable and refreshing sci-fi movies I've seen in some time and one that managed to build up quite the sense of dread towards the end. It'll have you trying to guess what's going to happen next, all while doubting everything that you've seen on screen.

    An under-rated little gem of a film.
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  7. Jan 17, 2015
    6
    A well made film that turns out to be incoherent. No question this film is interesting and will have you thinking, but about two-thirds ofA well made film that turns out to be incoherent. No question this film is interesting and will have you thinking, but about two-thirds of the way through I started not caring as much. A good idea with mediocre results. B- Expand

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