Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 2, 2013
    The near-imperceptible finesse of Abby's characterization reflects writer-director Stacie Passon's effortless, interesting mix of richness and economy.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel Walber
    Oct 5, 2013
    A bold film anchored by Weigert's impressive lead performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    May 12, 2014
    Director Stacie Passion doesn't try to ape Buñuel’s surrealist twist on ennui in Belle Du Jour, instead crafting an enthralling, modern tale in which intimacy is a goal rarely achieved.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 3, 2013
    It is Weigert's performance that gives the film its mystery and charge. Playing seriously with identity, she draws the viewer ever closer. The way she never reveals everything is electrifying.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Oct 17, 2013
    Loses all its energy in the last 30 minutes and ends up back where it started. Maybe that's the point, but if so, it's as subtle as a blow to the head.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Oct 5, 2013
    This is a frequently titillating film, and Weigert can’t help but add dimensions to that onscreen intimacy and vivid exploration of intimacy, not just seduction but also the shared sensuality of a post-coital chat.
  7. 63
    Concussion deserves more of an audience than just the film festival circuit. And it’s not just an introduction to a writer-director with talent, but to a slew of under-employed and superb actresses, and the hunky Tchaikovsky.
  8. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Dec 14, 2014
    The film’s cryptic style obscures insight; just as the condition provides a scapegoat for neglecting Abby’s motives, so it prevents Passon from developing a sustained dramatic network. Satisfaction is fleeting.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    May 21, 2014
    As an audience, you're infected with the languor Abby suffers, realising that as pretty as Concussion looks and with such an interesting premise behind it, beneath the surface there is precious little to really sink your teeth into.
  10. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 4, 2013
    Concussion is a melancholy affair which keeps its lead character at a distance, making for somewhat frustrating viewing. But the reserved tone also makes this movie worth an afternoon visit.
  11. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 3, 2013
    Ms. Passon ultimately seems to skirt some of the larger life questions hinted at along the way.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 1, 2013
    More and more, the film’s incisive realism seems at war with its ludicrous plot, until both finally just collapse, exhausted.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 1, 2013
    A fine sense of yuppie suffocation—Spin-class listlessness and workaholic disconnection—sets up this indie as a potential suburban satire.
  14. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 8, 2013
    Although Weigert is convincing as Abby, Passon's attitude toward the character is hazy.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 14, 2013
    Concussion suffers from a chilly detachment that feels all too clinical, when all we want, like Abby, is connection.
  16. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 2, 2013
    The viewer is presented with a series of caustic, vignette-like scenes which tease bigger themes but end before they can tackle them, as though the film had accidentally started a conversation it didn’t want to have — an impression underscored by the tidy, arbitrary ending.
  17. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Sep 8, 2013
    Acquitting herself capably in a lead role that strips her bare in more ways than one, Robin Weigert (HBO’s “Deadwood”) proves worthy of a future in features, whereas first-time writer-director Stacie Passon mainly exposes her background in commercials.
  18. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Oct 1, 2013
    Its characters are all too easily determined but never specific—or memorable.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 17, 2013
    It's a tepid, quiet and uneventful film, directed almost in slow motion, with no narrative propulsion and with a succession of very similar scenes. The actors speak softly and pause a lot. And in the background is the steady hum of the soundtrack.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Lyn
    Mar 6, 2014
    It would be interesting to throw this film into the whole gay marriage discussion, since it demonstrates (among other things) that gay unionsIt would be interesting to throw this film into the whole gay marriage discussion, since it demonstrates (among other things) that gay unions can be just as frustrating and boring as traditional marriage! Robin Weigert, a very good character actress, has a tough job here. Her lesbian character searches urgently for alternatives that will add excitement/fulfillment while not also costing her the nice life she shares with her spouse and kids. Weigert looks scarily thin and unhealthy – I guess because her character is depressed? – but puts endless energy into her quest. The problem is that early on, you start to worry about whether it’s leading anywhere. Featuring some familiar faces from shows including “The West Wing,” “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” the movie is like a certain kind of short story. It gives you a brief, slice-of-life look at characters you are interested in, but probably won’t remember very long. Full Review »