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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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: 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jun 18, 2014
    58
    It feels like this is a short film idea stretched to feature length, and the padding doesn't work.
  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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Sep 29, 2014
    9
    One of the best sci-fi movies I've seen in a while. Some slick storytelling magic that keeps everything just enough out-of-whack to instill a sense of dread. A very dialogue-driven movie, and the dialogue is believable. Has a loose, quick vibe - the actors are all able and for the most part believable, and it seems they were left a little improvisational wriggle-room to make the scenes that much more realistic. The premise is ridiculous and Twilight Zone-worthy, but the way it plays out makes you feel like it's really happening. Comet overhead causes odd things to occur and I'll leave it at that - the story best plays out when you have no expectations of what's to come. As others have said, the fact that this movie gets the blood pumping and tensions rising with no special effects or over-the-top gore, no A-list actors or sweeping cinematography (the camera work is great, though) - is a testament to the power of good storytelling. Expand
  2. 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. Throughout you have the doubt of if it is really happening or not, which raises your pulse and adapts tons of tension. Expand
  3. 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
    (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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  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. 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 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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