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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 2, 2013
    88
    The near-imperceptible finesse of Abby's characterization reflects writer-director Stacie Passon's effortless, interesting mix of richness and economy.
  2. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    May 12, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Oct 17, 2013
    67
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 8, 2013
    60
    Although Weigert is convincing as Abby, Passon's attitude toward the character is hazy.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 4, 2013
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    More and more, the film’s incisive realism seems at war with its ludicrous plot, until both finally just collapse, exhausted.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    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.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Lyn
    Mar 6, 2014
    6
    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. Expand

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